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Australian supporters question Vatican dismissal of Bishop Morris

July 26, 2011

Several weeks after the Vatican removed a controversial Australian bishop, supporters of the prelate have asked the Vatican for an explanation of the move.

About 1,000 people have signed a petition to Rome questioning the dismissal of Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba. A spokesman for the group explained that the petitioners wanted to ensure that the Vatican would not take such action again in another case, and that “the voice of a small minority” would not prevail. However the petitioners themselves account for only a small minority of the nearly 70,000 Catholics in the Toowoomba diocese.


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  • Posted by: Obregon - Jul. 26, 2011 9:01 PM ET USA

    Who told these people the Catholic Church is a democratic institution where the Vatican has to give explanations to anyone regarding the removal of a bishop? I can think of plenty of bishops worldwide the Vatican should remove immediately!