From THE AGE (Australia):
South Melbourne is again fighting to keep its beloved priest, Father Bob Maguire, after the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne secretly signed a contract with the Capuchin religious order to run the parish from February. The charismatic Father Maguire, 2011 Victorian of the Year and a noted media personality, yesterday blamed Sydney's Cardinal George Pell, saying his removal was part of the cardinal's battle to enforce his own highly conservative view of Catholicism.
Two years ago, the high-profile priest won a battle of wills with Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart, who wanted him to stand down at the optional retirement age of 75 and suggested Father Maguire was not financially competent. After a public outcry, a compromise was reached whereby Father Maguire would retire next February, but South Melbourne Parish Council chairman Tony Long said yesterday the parishioners wanted him to stay on.
Mr Long said the archdiocese signed up the Capuchins without a word to the parish, an approach he said was contemptible, tawdry and distressing.
"We were shocked. We were working towards asking for an extension [for Father Maguire]. Given the shortage of parish priests, why wouldn't they use someone who is active and able?"
In South Melbourne, they see it as part of Catholicism's culture wars, in which a threatened hierarchy is trying to enforce a rigid uniformity.
"The deal is done without a word to anyone. That's the Roman model," stated Father Bob.
In a separate news report it has been announced that Australian scientists have discovered that global warming is not caused, primarily, by farting cows, but by the incredible amount of heat that comes off, arch-global warming sceptic, Cardinal Pell's red face every time somebody refuses to do exactly as he tells them.