EARLY RESIGNATION ACCEPTED - BISHOP BRIAN HEENAN OF ROCKHAMPTON
|BISHOP BRIAN HEENAN FOREGROUND WITH BISHOP PUTNEY AND ARCHBISHOP BATHERSBY|
From an always reliable source:
Bishop Brian Heenan of Rockhampton , whose faithful statements include the assertion that various Instructions from the Holy See did "not apply to Rockhampton"has told a Plenary Meeting of the Council of Priests of the Diocese that he has submitted his resignation to the Holy Father and that it has been accepted.It appears that he expects some time to pass before his successor is appointed.
His resignation had not been due until 4th August, 2012 when he will turn 75.
Bishop Heenan had recently likened deposed Bishop Morris to Our Divine Lord in His innocenr sufferings our readers will recall.http://vexilla-regis.blogspot.com/2011/09/australian-bishops-reform-please.html
In the interim he will head to Rome for the Ad Limina visit due in October.
Toowoomba, Brisbane, Rockhampton - the Bishops of Townsville ( Michael Putney) and Cairns (James Foley) will find themselves in a minority in the Queensland Episcopal Conference for the first time. And the Catholic religion can now begin to flourish in the Sunshine State - the right appointees will be hard to find, but they are the hope of the Church.