Thursday, May 31, 2012

MORRIS "LEGACY"IN TOOWOOMBA - DAMNED BY A PRIEST SUPPORTER FROM BROKEN BAY SPEAKING TO A GERMAN CONFERENCE SEEKING TO SUBVERT THE NATURE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

DEPOSED BP.WIILIAM MORRIS IN HIS GARB WHICH EARNED HIM THE
NICKNAME "BILL THE BUS DRIVER" ON THE WEB
In Munster in Germany some months ago, a gathering of dissident clerics determined to go as far as they could to undermine the organic structure of the Catholic Church by deft abuse of Canon Law , came together. As we readily see when we examine Canon Law it is composed to govern the Church on the basis of our catholic understanding of what the Church is. It does not envisage systematic subversion. There are therefore places where its wording is loss enough to enable that "smoke... to enter the sanctuary"to borrow Pope Paul VI's words from another context. 


One of the papers delivered to this devious gathering came from Father David Ranson of the troubled Diocese of Broken Bay (Bishop David Walker 75 i n 530 days - but who is counting?). In the process of detailing its advocacy of Lay Leadership in the Church through a deliberate abuse of one of the Canons, it boasts of "progress"in this abuse and among the chosen examples it details TOOWOOMBA DIOCESE in Queensland which until a year ago had the shame of being subject to the now deposed Bishop William Morris.


For any faithful Catholic it shows with crystal clarity how Bishop Morris went about the destruction of the once thriving Diocese which had been the traditional great engine of Priestly vocations in Queensland. So effective was he that for years it produced none under his "care", nor did he seek to provide imported Priests as was being done a few miles away in Brisbane.Read Father Ranson's summary  - remembering he is presenting this demolition of traditional Catholic life as success for his New Church:


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c. The Diocese of Toowoomba, Queensland


SHEEP - NO SHEPHERD
The mapping that is currently being proposed in the diocese Sandhurst took place in the diocese of Toowoomba in the federal state of Queensland in 2004 and was confirmed in the Advent Pastoral Letter of Bishop William Morris in that same year.


 Of the 35 parishes 32 accepted the proposal that:
i) Leadership in every Catholic faith community is to be a collaborative role involving lay people and priest;
ii) A well defined and commissioned leadership structure (e.g. pastoral council) is to be in place in every faith community;
iii) A designated pastoral co-ordinator, is to be appointed in every faith community where there is no resident „full-time active‟ priest;
iv) The notion/principle of co-operation and sharing resources, both personal and material across regions/deaneries is to be exercised;
v) Appropriate training is to be offered to people in every faith community so that ministries can be provided confidently, effectively and in a pastorally sensitive way.


The proposal was mapped across the six deaneries of the diocese taking into consideration a shifting balance between the number of priests and the number of pastoral co-ordinators. In 2005-2007 there were 23 priests and 11 pastoral co-ordinators within this vast rural diocese, the size of many an entire European country, in 2008-2010 18 priests and 17 pastoral co-ordinators and in 2011-2013 it is projected there will be 15 priests and 18 pastoral co-ordinators.


Generally, the appointment of pastoral co-ordinators has maintained the local identity of communities in the diocese of Toowoomba, such that, even in the absence of a resident priest, the community‟s life has grown stronger with an enhanced sense of community responsibility.30 These appointments are fully endorsed by the bishop and are supported by the presbyterate. The non-ordained pastoral co-ordinators participate fully in diocesan clergy gatherings
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In particular, the faith community of St. Thomas Moore of the Diocese of Toowoomba, which retains its canonical distinction as a parish under the leadership of a non-ordained Pastoral Leader, provides a good example of those structures that serve such communities well.31 Since the inception of the model the Leadership Team has shifted from being composed of the Pastoral Leader (mandated in the role by the bishop), the Priest Director (the Administrator of the nearby Cathedral), the visiting priest (appointed by the priest Director), and the Pastoral Associate (a person with specific pastoral tasks in the community) to being composed of the Pastoral Leader with a Pastoral Council in conjunction with the Priest Director. Whilst acknowledging that there remains the ever-present challenge of ongoing formation of the laity involved in the life of the community, the Pastoral Leader works collaboratively with the nine-person Pastoral Council which rotates three of its members on an annual basis. With clearly articulated objectives and tasks, each person on the Council is designated as a Minister


30 I am indebted for these observations from the Pastoral Leader of St. Thomas Moore‟s Faith Community, Diocese of Toowoomba, Sr. Patricia Grundy, appointed in the role in January 2003. I was fortunate to spend the weekend of 20-21 February 2010 in the community. Sr. Grundy has devoted exemplary energy to enable the pastoral council who works with her to being more than a consultative body to being the active agent of community leadership.


31 For a full overview of the structures and roles within the faith community, as well as the 2009 Pastoral Council Report, see www.stthomasmores.org.au, accessed 9 August 2010."




The repeated misspelling of St. Thomas More's name seems to shine forth as if to highlight the total absence of true Catholic thinking in the whole piece.


Note that the Bishop ( the deposed Morris) is repeatedly indicated as approving this subversion. And yet the self -styled Toowoomba Diocesan ( more properly Dissident?)Leadership Group pathetically tries to perpetuate the lie that Morris was badly treated.


 The pity is that he did not resign years before when first asked and finally had to be deposed. Sister Patricia Grundy "Sister Patsy"came to Toowoomba  from Townsville where she seems to have been even too much for Bishop Michael "the Eucharist is a symbol"Putney. She was very active in New Church efforts in Townsville.

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