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Toowoomba trouble

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 Contents - Dec 2014AD2000 December 2014 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: The Coming of Christ - Peter Westmore
Family Synod: Synod reaffirms Church teaching on marriage and family - AD2000 Report
News: The Church Around the World
Dissent: New controversy erupts in Toowoomba - Peter Westmore
Vocations: Young Men of God Retreat for 2014 another success - Br Barry Coldrey
The Long View: Catholicism today and the lessons of history - John Young
Economic justice: The Catholic Church explains sexual mores - with economics - Emma Green
Cardinal Pell: Synod rebuts 'secular agenda' - Catholic News Service
The after-life: Why pray for those who are no longer with us? - Audrey English
Separation of church and state: the position outside Australia - Frank Mobbs
Obituary: Fr Benedict Groeschel, aged 81, dies in New Jersey - Peter Westmore
Letters: Toowoomba trouble - Tristan Ross
Letters: Synod of Bishops - Arnold Jago
Letters: Language - Frank O'Connor
Letters: Last man standing! - Anne Lastman
Books: IN THE HOUSEHOLD OF THE SPIRIT: Guide to the Sacraments in the Byzantine Church - Paul Simmons (reviewer)
Books: AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY, by C. Fini and C. Ryan (Eds) - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light - Pope Francis

With regard to Peter Westmore's article in AD2000 last month about Bishop Bill Morris, "Gone but not forgotten", he certainly is not. Instead, alive and kicking are the dubious practices within the diocese left behind as a result of his legacy.

I have recently moved into the diocese from Melbourne and had heard of the issues which plagued the diocese in the past.

In recent Masses I have attended, some priests have spruiked during homilies and following Mass of the need for greater lay involvement, particularly in baptisms, marriages and funerals due to their belief that within the near future there will be no priests within the Toowoomba Diocese.

Disturbingly there have also been calls by a number of priests and pastoral councils for inter-faith "Eucharistic" celebrations and the ordination of female priests.

Subsequently, questionnaires were handed out within the following weeks asking for the laity's opinion on the "soon to be" lack of priests within the diocese.

The results showed within one of the parishes that the parishioners wanted all of the above (i.e., what the priests had told them) and thanked the priests for bringing the need for these changes to their attention.

Furthermore, within the west of the diocese, The Third Rite of Reconciliation (General Absolution) has been actively practised at Easter Masses this year.

Mass was also not made available to the faithful on Holy Days of Obligation in the west despite there being priests available.

I have questioned some of these practices, and how they fit in with Church teaching with a few of the priests and have been kindly told to go to another parish.

Since arriving it is blindingly obvious that there is a clear division between parishes that supported and still hold onto Bishop Morris's ideas, and those who want to practise the faith in accordance with Church teaching.

Bishop McGuckin appears to be a good solid man, with an almighty task of restoring the correct teachings of the faith within the diocese.

The priests and laity need to support him in his role by being united as one in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

I ask all readers to keep Bishop McGuckin and the Diocese of Toowoomba in their prayers.

Toowoomba, Qld

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 27 No 11 (December 2014 - January 2015), p. 15

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