'Church erred on Bishop Morris'

Bishop William Morris
Bishop William Morris Nev Madsen

AN investigation by a retired Supreme Court judge has found the Roman Catholic Church breached both canon and civil law when it asked popular Bishop of Toowoomba William Morris to retire in May of this year.

Supporters of the effectively-sacked Bishop hired former top judge Bill Carter QC to conduct an investigation into the controversial move, which angered many Catholic parishioners in the Warwick area.

Bishop Morris had caused consternation in conservative Catholic circles and in The Vatican with comments about a need for the church to fully debate the ordination of women and married priests.

It was announced today that Mr Carter has found the church committed a number of legal errors and that the decision to remove Bishop Morris had been made before he was notified of an investigation and that he was advised of it through an unsigned letter.

More than 1,000 people signed a petition over his forced retirement.

Topics:  bishop william morris catholic church

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