Here is his letter to the editor:
''BISHOP'S sacking reveals the Inquisition's heavy hand remains ready to strike'' (Comment & Debate, 2/2) regarding the removal of Bishop William Morris is unfair and inaccurate. I understand W. J. Carter, QC, is an eminent civil lawyer. Father Ian Waters' canon law reflection is based solely on the Carter report.
The Holy See conducted a pastoral process of dialogue with Bishop Morris over 11 years involving senior officials of three offices of the Roman Curia, meetings in Rome and a meeting with Pope Benedict.
An archbishop of an overseas diocese appointed by the Holy See to investigate the matter said he discussed the contents of his report with Bishop Morris in Toowoomba. Last October, in Rome, Australian bishops were informed of the efforts made by the Holy See to achieve a mutually acceptable resolution. The Pope has final power throughout the church. Father Waters is misrepresented by the statement that the Pope breached canon law and exceeded his authority.
Denis Hart, Catholic archbishop of Melbourne, East Melbourne
I really think the last sentence of this letter should have been omitted. I'm don't think that Fr Waters deserves to be championed in this affair - the reality is that at the very least he has lent considerable aid to the cause of dissent. And while the journalist certainly took some poetic license with Fr Water's words, I'm not convinced he was really misrepresenting the gist of what he said. The reality is, he should be removed from the positions he holds in the diocese, not defended.
There are other points that could have been made too, on the other issues raised by the article.
Still, at least some kind of official response has been made to the most outrageous claims in the article.
It is a start.