Sunday, July 27

Archbishop Pell, nerving people up.

Catholic bishops will confront the Sydney Archbishop, George Pell, tomorrow over the appointment of two new bishops which some fear is part of a Vatican campaign to purge the Sydney archdiocese of its liberal streak.Father Anthony Fisher and Father Julian Porteous will be consecrated at St Mary's Cathedral on September 3, a move that has exposed Dr Pell to accusations that he has stacked the College of Bishops with like-minded right-wing supporters.Dr Pell is also planning a "Life Office", which will look at topics such as birth control, abortion, euthanasia and stem-cell research. It is being likened to a "Ministry of Vice and Virtue" by nervous insiders.
Senior clergy say they will confront Dr Pell over the manner of the appointments - announced by John Paul II - at a meeting of bishops in Sydney tomorrow.

A "Life Office" as part of the ministry of the Catholic Church. Oh, stop the madness.



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