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Card Gracias pained and anguished by the unlawful ordination in Harbin
"The Holy Father has never interfered in the internal affairs of the [Chinese] government," said the secretary general of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences. The latter "should refrain from interfering in the pastoral and spiritual fields with its unlawful appointments of bishops. It should allow the Church to function independently and freely." Freedom of religion is "important in the whole world. It is fundamental for the full development of a country and its population."
27/06/2011 CHINA – VATICAN
Hebei: ordination of Handan bishop cancelled, it had Holy See approval
The ordination was scheduled for 29 June, feast day of Sts Peter and Paul. The priest had just completed his spiritual retreat and was preparing to go back to his diocese. Police detained him and took him to an unknown location. Meanwhile, the current bishop, who was set to preside over the ceremony, suffered a heart attack.
29/11/2006 CHINA VATICAN
Bishops loyal to the Pope detained, forced to take part in unlawful ordination
Bishops who refuse to disobey the Holy See are forced by hook and crook to take part in unlawful ordinations. The latest candidate to the bishopric is in complete isolation and cannot even be reached by phone. Government is promising huge sums of money for bishops ordinations but then fails to pay up.
25/01/2018 17:44:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Underground Church as a pawn in China’s political game, a thorn in the side of the Holy See
Lay and clerical members of the official and underground Church speak about the Vatican’s decision to force out recognised underground bishops in favour of bishops approved by the Chinese government. A source of sadness, anger, and distress, some warn that in so doing the underground Church is forsaken, as the Holy See puts the whole Chinese Church in the hands of political power. Despite everything, people hold to obedience and hope.
07/11/2016 15:05:00 VATICAN – CHINA
Press Office reacts to "alleged" unlawful episcopal ordinations in China
The reference is to the unlawful (and private) ordination of Fr Dong Guanhua, Hebei, which was immediately condemned by the underground Church. Some blame underground Catholics; others believe that the self-ordained priest is a government spy who wants to divide the Church.
28/12/2016 17:27:00 CHINA – VATICAN
Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly
Ma Yinglin and Fang Xingyao are re-elected presidents of the Bishops Council and the Patriotic Association, respectively. The principles of independence, autonomy, self-management and sinicisation are extolled. There is no "positive signal" as hoped by the Vatican.
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