|Fr. Frank Brennan, S.J.|
The sacking of Toowoomba Catholic Bishop William Morris was a "heavy-handed exercise of ecclesiastical authority," Jesuit priest and lawyer Father Frank Brennan said yesterday.
Father Brennan said questions had been raised about the orthodoxy of Bishop Morris, effectively sacked by the Pope for his support of the ordination of women and other Liberal reforms, after his ordination as bishop 18 years ago.
In a widely circulated letter, Father Brennan said he had first known the bishop when he was secretary to Archbishop Francis Rush in Brisbane. He was "then a very successful parish priest of the huge Gold Coast parish" before being made bishop of Toowoomba in 1993.
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