Bishop Morris: 'Deprived of natural justice'

Benedict, me and cardinals three

Toowoomba Bishop Emeritus Bill Morris is expected to tell a Canberra audience this week he was treated unfairly in the process which saw him forced from his bishopric, The Canberra Times reports.

'I was deprived of natural justice as I was in no way able to appeal the judgments or decisions that were made,' Bishop Morris says. 

He was forced out of his position in Toowoomba after a group of conservative 'temple police' parishioners complained directly to the Vatican about his preaching which included discussion about ordaining women and married men.

He has written a book about his experience – Benedict, Me and the Cardinals Three, to be launched at 7.30pm on Thursday at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture at Barton – but says he has no bitterness.

Instead he has learnt to 'breathe underwater.'

'That's the freedom to be able to move with life in such a way that you can absorb the various difficulties, the good things, the bad things and all the time with a great respect for everything around you,' he said.

Bishop Pat Power, the retired Auxiliary Bishop of Canberra, who will launch Bishop Morris' book on Thursday, agrees his brother bishop was treated harshly.

He believes such treatment would not have occurred under Pope Francis.

'I think it was grossly unfair because the issues on which Bishop Morris was crucified were issues very much of legitimate theological debate and speculation,' Bishop Power said.

'Some things said about him were quite patently wrong ... that was quite unfair.

'The vast majority of the priests did support him. I gave a retreat to the priests (in Toowoomba) in 2003 and they were really rejoicing in the fact; they said he was the best bishop in memory there.'


Pope Benedict treated me unfairly, say sacked bishop Bill Morris (The Canberra Times)

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