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VATICAN - CHINA
Beijing’s sermon: Vatican “barbarous and irrational” over Harbin ordination
In a statement to undermine the Propaganda Fide Note, the Religious Affairs Bureau criticizes the Holy See of "stifling freedom” and “intolerance." Threats of more "self-elected" and "self-ordained” bishops, without papal mandate. Party lacks a sense of history. But not a sense of "business" and corruption: the control of "religious affairs" fruits bureaucrats about 13 billion Euros.
Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Note
against note; excommunication against excommunication, real pain against false pain; theology against base politics: in response to the
note released by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples on the ordination
without papal mandate to be held in Harbin
(Heilongjiang) July 6, the Office of Religious Affairs of China has published a
"Note" by an anonymous spokesman.
fact would almost make one smile at the absurdity of the second-largest world economy,
which defends "religious freedom" and "tolerance" and then
kidnaps a priest, Fr.
Joseph Zhao Hongchun, just because he is faithful to the Holy See.
a rough and undiplomatic style the State Administration for Religious Affairs
(ASAR, the new name of the Religious Affairs Bureau) yesterday through
Xinhua, expressed its surprise at the Vatican's attitude, deemed "outrageous,"
"," full of threats", "barbaric and irrational. "
Vatican note points out that in the Catholic Church appointments of bishops are
made on the pope's mandate and those who transgress this element of faith lead
to "divisions, wounds and tensions within the Catholic community in
is happening in Harbin in these days is proof of this, where many priests have
gone into hiding in order not to participate in the illegitimate consecration
of a bishop, as well as what is taking place in different parts of China, where
the excommunicated bishops are deserted by the faithful and priests, who prefer to go
to ASAR, it is the exact opposite: it is the attitude of the Vatican, with its
"interference and allegations" that "are restricting freedom and intolerance,
undermining the healthy development of the Catholic Church in China, and
bringing no benefit to the universal Church".
this profession of love for "freedom" and against
"intolerance", ASAR - a government agency! - then moves
on to defend the candidate for election, Fr. Joseph
Yue Fusheng, whom they describe as "devout in his faith, morally clean,
must be said that the Vatican considers Yue a good priest, but a little too weak
to take on a bishops' responsibility. What
the "tolerant" ASAR does not like is that there is someone who has a
different opinion than thier own, especially in religious matters!
point in fact is that the Office for Religious Affairs does not want to merely
hold vigil over possible crime of religions, but to act as a sort of
"pope" in purely spiritual matters.
a result ASAR claims that its bishops, chosen by the Party with the method of
"self-election" and "self-ordination", are "equal to
all other bishops of the world" - as opposed to what the Vatican says -
they are "legitimate" and their sacraments "valid". Perhaps
someone should explain to these bureaucrats and the Middle Ages and the bishops
who received their investiture from the emperor died long ago. It
is enough to compare the situation in neighboring countries - Korea, Japan,
Singapore, Mongolia and Vietnam even - to see how outdated they are compared to
a modern country where church and state are separate and not joined in political
a sense of history is one of the most lacking in the bureaucracy of the Chinese
proof is in the very Note that ASAR took pains to publish widely, which states
that "in the last century, in the 1950s, the threat of excommunication by
the Vatican forced the Catholic Church in China to pursue the path of
self-election and 'self-ordination".
bureaucrats do not ask: why did self-election and self-ordination not occur before,
in the centuries before Mao Zedong? Do
they not even realize that Mao's religious policy is a foreign import, coming
from Stalin's Russia?
why in this new era for China, which seeks to purify the legacy of Mao Zedong, does
this disgusting and humiliating legacy for China and for the Church still
conclusions of the ASAR Note are contradictory: while claiming to be open to
dialogue with the Vatican, it demands the "freedom" (a threat) to
want to continue with "self-appointed" and "self-ordained"
from the lack of diplomacy manifested in this position, there is a sense of
it were not ordained bishops chosen by the Party bureaucrats, but personalities
who are really interested in the Church and society, perhaps many complaints of
corruption would come to light such as the theft of property and pocketing of
resources destined for the Church and for the people, which
have become the foundation of their welfare and their economic power. According
survey by Holy Spirit Study Centre in
Hong Kong under the guise of communist control, the leaders of the
"religious affairs" have pocketed the proceeds for "economic
affairs" to the tune of about 130 billion Yuan (about 13 billion euros).
In all of this some worthwhile advice to President Hu Jintao: in your fight
against corruption and for greater morality in your Party, give full religious
freedom to the Church and religions.
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Joseph Yue Fusheng was ordained bishop of Heilongjiang by five bishops recognized by the Holy See. More and more "self-elected" bishops in the leadership of the Patriotic Association. Fr. Joseph Zhao and his curate were released immediately after the ordination ceremony. Harbin Catholics pray for Yue’s repentance.
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