|Even the liberals were shocked when he was appointed - the former Secretary of then recently retired Archbishop Francis Rush of Brisbane.|
Earlier "suggestions"are now publicly confirmed in the Mass Media. Of course they are given a twist - Pope Benedict has "sacked"Bishop Morris of Toowoomba for things that he said "months ago"!But then again, this was the same Channel 9 that almost simultaneously reported that 200,000 Catholics had gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Beatification of Pope John Paul II - showing a picture of the 200,000 Vigil Keepers the night before in the Circus Maximus! At the same time on Xt3 on my computer I was watching well over 1,000,000 people filling St .Peter's Square and overflowing way down Via Della Conciliazione off the Square!
So much for the Mass Media.
It was actually Bishop Morris' Advent Pastoral of 2006 which brought him finally undone, see the passing reference here:http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com/2011/02/who-would-be-next-metropolitan.html
Now the great trial will begin,: to find a faithful (to Christ's Church) successor. To put the spiritually and financially impoverished Diocese , wracked by false teaching, drought and then catastrophic flood, back on its knees in authentic prayer and then on its feet in faithful action. A faithful , authentic Bishop in Toowoomba will begin the reconstruction of the Queensland Episcopate - the "Sick Man"of the Church in Australia. Brisbane will provide the next stone in that task with the Retirement of Archbishop John Bathersby toward the end of July. Come Holy Spirit - Fill the Hearts of your faithful!!