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May 4, 2011

Fired bishop says church growing more authoritarian

The Associated Press reports:

An Australian bishop who was fired by Pope Benedict XVI after suggesting the church consider ordaining women and married men says the Vatican is becoming increasingly authoritarian.

The Vatican said Monday that Bishop William Morris of the Toowoomba diocese, west of Brisbane, had been "removed from pastoral care."

Morris says he was removed because of a letter he wrote to his parish in 2006 that suggested the church consider ordaining women and married men to help solve priest shortages. Currently, only celibate men can be ordained in the Roman Catholic church.

On Tuesday, Morris told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that the Vatican has become increasingly authoritarian and dismissive of local bishops.

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 5:00 AM | | Comments (1)


Ah, the man falls, axed by the church elders for trying to save the church from the church elders. Such is the way of the Catholic Conclave called the Mother Church--it will be stubbornly celibate to the world because the cassocks of the elders come off in the closet where the children are taken for their bed time stories--celibacy--an easy eyewash.
R Anon

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Matthew Hay Brown writes and blogs about faith and values in public and private life for The Baltimore Sun. A former Washington correspondent for the newspaper, he has long written about the intersection of religion and politics. He has reported from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, traveling most recently to Syria and Jordan to write about the Iraqi refugee crisis.

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