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CHINA - VATICAN
Brave Shanghai auxiliary takes “period of rest” in seminary
During his ordination Mass, Msgr. Thaddeus Ma Daqin resigned from the Patriotic Association. And he avoided the imposition of hands by an illegitimate bishop. The ceremony was held last July 7 in Shanghai.
25/07/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
Beijing pontificates against Vatican "threats"
The State Administration for Religious Affairs defends the integrity of the two excommunicated bishops (Leshan and Shantou) and mimics the Vatican saying that the Holy See’s gesture inflicts "wounds" and "sadness" among Catholics in China. It reaffirms the decision to go ahead with the ordinations without papal mandate, but the "resistance" to their dominance of the faithful, priests and bishops is growing. Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao should tackle the violation of the "harmonious society" and corruption of representatives responsible for religious politics.
18/11/2010 VATICAN - CHINA
Holy See against an illicit Episcopal ordination and violence against bishops
The government preparing for ceremony on Nov. 20 and seizes two bishops to force them to participate. The Vatican denounces "severe violations of religious freedom and conscience." Blackmail in anticipation of the National Assembly of Catholic representatives, a body "incompatible" with Catholic faith, which the bishops should not attend
17/06/2016 15:10:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”
Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.
17/06/2016 13:33:00 CHINA - VATICAN
China and Vatican: incredulous reactions and distress over Shanghai Bishop Ma Daqin’s "volte-face"
After resigning from the Patriotic Association, and having suffered four years under house arrest, Msgr. Ma appears to have retracted his positions, lauding the PA and its’ functions in favor of the Chinese Church. Some faithful believe he "was forced"; others that he is the victim of "too much pressure"; for others still, this "submission" is the "price he must pay" to regain freedom for the community of Shanghai, where perhaps the seminary (closed for 4 years) will reopen in September. The Vatican gives little credence to the bishop’s statements. A Chinese bishop wonders whether dialogue between the Holy See and China is of any use and is concerned that someone in the Vatican piloted Ma Daqin’s "confession" to please the Chinese government.
04/08/2016 07:00:00 CHINA - VATICAN
Card. Tong: Communion of the Church in China with the Universal Church
Card. John Tong, bishop of Hong Kong, gives an in-depth explanation of the Holy See’s reasons for continuing dialogue with Beijing: to ensure greater religious freedom to the Catholic communities; re-establish unofficial and imprisoned bishops; reinstate illicit bishops. The Letter of Pope Benedict XVI is "absolutely valid."
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