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CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing, illicit and excommunicated bishops promoted to political office in Parliament and Consultative Conference
The bishop of Shantou appointed to the NPC; bishops of Kunmin, Mindong, Leshan made members of the Consultative Conference. All of them are illegitimately ordained, and two are officially excommunicated. Three other bishops included in political bodies for first time, they presided or participated in ordinations without the mandate of the Holy See.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - At least four illegitimate
bishops - and some officially excommunicated - have been appointed or
re-appointed members of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC), China's
parliament, and the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC),
the two most important political structures of the People's Republic. Both
summits, with thousands of participants are underway in the capital: the NPC
began this morning, the CPPCC began on March 3.
The bishop of Shantou, Huang Bingzhang, illegitimately
ordained and officially excommunicated by the Holy See in 2011, was appointed
as a new member of the NPA.
Three other illegitimate bishops were chosen for the
CPPCC: Ma Yinglin of Kunmin, president of the so-called "Chinese Bishops
'Conference" [not recognized by the Holy See]; Zhan Silu of Mindong,
Vice-President of the Conference itself; Lei Shiyin of Leshan, vice-president
of' Patriotic Association. Lei was also officially excommunicated by the Holy
See in 2011.
In the "Religions" sector of the CPPCC six
other Catholics were included: Msgr. Li Shan, Archbishop of Beijing; Shen Bin
of Haimen, Jin Luxian of Shanghai, Fan Xinyao of Linyi, Meng Qinglu of Hohhot, and
layman Liu Yuanlong.
Li Shan, Shen Bin and Meng Qinglu are CPPCC members
for the first time. With the exception of Msgr. Jin Lu Xian (96 years old and
very sick), the others have presided at or participated in the illegitimate ordination
of Chengde (November 2010), Leshan (June 2011), Shantou (July 2011) and / or
Harbin (July 2012)
The health of Msgr. Jin has also deteriorated after
the strong reaction of the Chinese government to Msgr. Ma Taddeo Daqin, the
auxiliary bishop arrested immediately after his ordination for daring to resign
from the PA.
Jia Qinglin's presidency of the CPPCC has ended , a
former member of the so-called "Shanghai clique", under the patronage
of former President Jiang Zemin. In December 2010, he received all the
participants to the Eighth Assembly of Catholic Representatives in Beijing [v.
photo - a body that the Holy See considers "incompatible with Catholic
doctrine" - ed], and urged them to "uphold the principle of
independence and self-management of the Church", and to "resist the
infiltration of foreign forces." He was succeeded Yu Zhengsheng, 67, a
permanent member of the Politburo, Party Secretary in Shanghai. According to
some Catholics, Yu is involved in the arrest of Msgr. Ma Daqin.
The NPC and CPPCC are held each year in Beijing and
are held almost parallel, and will conclude on March 17. The most important
issue for this year will be the confirmation of the transition to the new
leadership of Xi Jinping (Secretary and President) and Li Keqiang (premier), in
addition to reports on the state of the country, by the outgoing Prime Minister
Wen Jiabao, and those on the various political, military and judiciary structures.
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