Former bishop of the Toowoomba Catholic diocese, William Morris.
Former bishop of the Toowoomba Catholic diocese, William Morris. Nev Madsen

Former Catholic bishop to face child sex abuse inquiry

TOOWOOMBA'S former Bishop William Morris will this morning front the Royal Commission into child sex abuse.

Morris sacked principal Terence Hayes and two Catholic education officers over their handling of Gerard Byrnes' sexual abuse of 13 girls in 2007 and 2008.

The school leaders were dismissed in December 2009 for serious errors of judgment.

Claims were made during the inquiry that the child sex abuse allegations were not dealt with under appropriate protocol so as not to "compromise" Bishop Morris.