Toowoomba bishop's ouster 'unjust' , Pope Benedict beatifies John Paul before huge crowd
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Toowoomba bishop's ouster 'unjust' , Pope Benedict beatifies John Paul before huge crowd

Toowoomba : Australia | May 01, 2011 at 11:21 PM PDT
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: IN A lavish three-hour service on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica, the Catholic Church yesterday honoured one of its most charismatic and evangelical sons when Pope Benedict XVI beatified his predecessor, John Paul II.

An estimated crowd of a million pilgrims, including more than 100,000 of the late pope’s Polish compatriots, attended a keenly felt, triumphalist Vatican ceremony.

In his homily, Pope Benedict immediately addressed one of the controversial elements of this beatification, namely the unprecedented brevity with which, just over six years after his death, John Paul II has been beatified: “Six years ago we gathered in this square to celebrate the funeral of Pope John Paul II. Our grief at his loss was deep, but even greater was our sense of an immense grace which embraced Rome and the whole world

The forced retirement of Toowoomba's Catholic bishop because of a letter discussing the ordination of women is unjust, an Anglican bishop says.

Bishop of the Toowoomba diocese William Morris has been forced into early retirement by Pope Benedict XVI because of a 2006 letter to his parish in which he discussed whether a fall in the numbers of Catholic priests could be offset by the ordination of women and ministers from other churches.

The bishop, who has served in the Toowoomba diocese for 18 years, told the ABC that Rome controlled bishops by fear "and if you ask questions or speak only on subjects that Rome declares closed ... you are censored very quickly, told your leadership is defective, and threatened waith dismissal

The forced retirement of Toowoomba's Catholic bishop because of a letter discussing the ordination of women is unjust, an Anglican bishop says.

Bishop of the Toowoomba diocese William Morris has been forced into early retirement by Pope Benedict XVI because of a 2006 letter to his parish in which he discussed whether a fall in the numbers of Catholic priests could be offset by the ordination of women and ministers from other churches.

The bishop, who has served in the Toowoomba diocese for 18 years, told the ABC that Rome controlled bishops by fear "and if you ask questions or speak only on subjects that Rome declares closed ... you are censored very quickly, told your leadership is defective, and threatened with dismissal

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