Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Vatican Talks over Bishop Bill's Sacking; Australian Delegation Visits Rome

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Vatican Talks over Bishop Bill's Sacking; Australian Delegation Visits Rome

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Byline: Peter Hardwick @thechronicle.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S Catholic bishops have discussed the removal from office of Bishop William Morris with leading Vatican officials during a visit to Rome this month.

The 38 bishops from Australia will also meet with the Pope during the aad liminaa visit, regularly scheduled visits to Rome during which bishops report on the status of their diocese.

A Catholic News Service report from Rome yesterday said Cardinals Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation of Bishops, and William J. Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met with the Australian bishops to discuss the aftermath of the removal of Bishop Morris and how best to promote healing in the Toowoomba diocese.

Bishop Morris had been asked six times by three different Vatican congregations to resign over what the Vatican saw as his permitting priests to use general absolution for the forgiveness of sins and his public views on the issue of potentially ordaining women and married men as priests. …

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