For those still following the Toowoomba story there is an
Update here from John Allen (NCR) on the meaning of the infallibility of the Pope and the forced resignation/dismissal of Australian Bishop William Morris of Toowoomba.
How many of you like me had to look up the meaning of the phrase theological positivism ?
No - you're kidding - only me ?!
Also Fr. James Martin has authored an article in America magazine here by Frank Brennan, SJ,(photo left), an Australian Jesuit priest and lawyer who has been in the forefront of human-rights work and has spent much of his time working on behalf of the Aboriginal peoples in his country.
On his Facebook page he has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the removal of Toowoomba Bishop William Morris. According to CathNews, his comments were intended for public consumption.
For me what is alarming and unfair is that
"When quizzed by the media, Bishop Morris said he “would ordain single or married women and married men if church policy changed”. So he was sacked, not for ordaining a woman or a married man – but for talking about it! "
This reasoned article here also makes interesting reading from
Richard McBrien. professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame and a priest of the archdiocese of Hartford, Conn.
He is general editor of the one-volume HarperCollins Encyclopedia of Catholicism. McBrien is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and winner of its annual John Courtney Murray Award for "distinguished achievement in Theology.
I hesitated whether to blog on this issue and have tried to present a variety of balanced views and also feel that the following enables me to justify posting.
Canon 212, § 2. “The Christian faithful are free to make known their needs, especially spiritual ones, and their desires to the pastors of the Church.”
Canon 212, § 3 . “In accord with the knowledge, competence and preeminence which they possess, the Christian faithful have the right and even at times a duty to manifest to the sacred pastors their opinion on matters which pertain to the good of the Church, and they have a right to make their opinion known to the other Christian faithful, with due regard for the integrity of faith and morals and reverence towards their pastors, and with consideration for the common good and the dignity of persons.”