Topics:  bishop william morris, pope benedict, sacked, toowoomba

500 show for candlelight vigil

Bishop Brian Finnigan, replacement for Bishop William Morris.
Bishop Brian Finnigan, replacement for Bishop William Morris. Catholic Leader

MORE than 500 faithful braved wet and cold conditions in a sign of solidarity for their disposed leader Bishop William Morris who was unceremoniously sacked from his post by Pope Benedict on Sunday.

Last night people of all ages gathered for a candlelight vigil in Queens Park before making their way in silence to St Patrick's Church, angry and hurt at the process that led to the sacking of their beloved Bishop.

For 23-year-old Kate Gillespie Bishop Morris was more than a bishop, he was a leader and visionary held in the greatest of esteem amongst the younger parishioners.

“I am very disappointed and disillusioned with what has happened, he has been my bishop my entire life,” Miss Gillespie said.

“I think this will prove a backward step for the Catholic Church, especially amongst younger people.

“The Church will find it harder now to attract young parishioners now Bishop Morris is gone,” she added.

Another supporter, John Elich, told those gathered that Bishop Morris' sacking shows just how out of touch the church has become.

“I think that we all know and appreciate that the Church is not a democracy,” Mr Elich said.



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