One bishop that Incognita hesitates to defend is Bishop Bill Morris. Holy Irritant does not venture into analysis, but in a weekend post titled “Essential Reading re Bishop Bill Morris”, he does provide some useful links, including an after the fact canonical reflection by canon lawyer Father Ian Waters.
I originally published this post as act an of solidarity with Bishop Bill Morris and those who have supported his claim of unjust treatment. I hope readers will examine the analysis of these documents in the articles from Frank Brennan, Andrew Hamilton and Mick Kelly. They provide informed and theologically sound reading which is more than I could say of the dismissive ramblings of the bog at Australia Incognito. I notice that this blogger shows a preference for the northern hemisphere rather than her home territory in her reference to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.I wonder if this an attempt to be "more Catholic than the Pope"?
The Memorandum of Hon W J Carter QC
A clear and detailed examination of the events which show that Bishop Morris was denied procedural fairness and natural justice. ABC Radio National Interview Vatican denies Natural Justice
Canonical reflection by Rev Ian Waters JCD PhD
In accordance with Canon 19, the Holy See, departing from the earlier precedents for the removal of Australian bishops, could have designed a process similar to the process for removal of a parish priest, thereby according procedural fairness and natural justice consistent with the Code of Canon Law. This was not done. I respectfully concur with Mr Carter’s conclusion that “Bishop Morris has been denied procedural fairness and natural justice.
Inquisition's heavy hand remains ready to strike is an opinion piece published by on February 2 2012. It attracted 137 comments.
Pope 'wrong' in sacking Queensland bishop is a commentary by journalist Barney Zwartz. to which Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne offered this gem of episcopal spin:
Pope did not err
February 15 Update: Respected religious journalist Stephen Crittenden has just published a brilliant expose : "The Inside Story of How Romes Ousted A Bold Bush Bishop"