|THE VICAR OF CHRIST BENEDICT XVI|
This morning the Holy Father received in Ad Limina Audience:
Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth, and his Auxiliary
Bishop Donald Sproxton,
Bishop Gerard Holohan of Bunbury,
Bishop Justin Bianchini of Geraldton,
Bishop Luc Matthys of Armidale,
Bishop Michael McKenna of Bathurst,
Bishop David Walker of Broken Bay,and
Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of Lismore
The whole Group of the Australian Bishops will be received later in Audience by the Holy Father on 20th October in the customary farewell at the completion of their Ad Limina programme.
We await their Toowoomba statement with interest. It will no doubt be pored over and interpreted for signs of the compromises leading to its completion. It can offer hope for the immediate future re-structure of more than one third of the Australian Episcopate through age , one death and one premature resignation at least. We should look to the future with Hope and Prayer.