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Australian bishops speak with Vatican officials about colleague's removal

October 18, 2011

During their ad limina visits to Rome this month, the Catholic bishops of Australia spoke with Vatican officials about the removal of Bishop William Morris from the Toowoomba diocese.

Bishop Morris was relieved of his pastoral assignment in May, after years of tension with Rome because of his unorthodox public statements and pastoral practices. Pope Benedict XVI removed the bishop from the Toowoomba diocese after Bishop Morris resisted several Vatican requests for his resignation.

Supporters of Bishop Morris had asked the other Australian bishops to express their concern about the incident to Vatican officials. The bishops fulfilled reported that they had done so, meeting with Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops; and Cardinal William Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The details of their conversations were not made public.


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