|Source: Toowoomba's The Chronicle|
On the face of it, it looks and sounds like it was a nice enough ceremony, with a few Latin hymns scattered through, as well as some old stalwarts.
One rather curious feature of the ceremony was the lei worn by the bishop, presented to him by the Archdiocese of Suva which he has some previous attachment to. I'm guessing Toowoomba does have a significant South Seas Islander population?
But in any case, the ceremonies also one that made a few politically expedient gestures, both in terms of hymn selection and the involvement of Bishop Morris, who was somehow induced to do a formal handing over of the bishop's crozier.
The local newspaper has a poll on the page of the story, and at the moment two-thirds of those who have voted think that the ceremony will heal the wounds. Let's hope so.
More importantly, let's hope that the new bishop can and will work to restore actual Catholicism there. Keep him in your prayers.
Source: The Chronicle