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    » 11/22/2010, 00.00

    VATICAN - CHINA

    Card. Zen’s anguish over illegal ordination of Chengde

    Card. Joseph Zen Zekiun

    Priests, nuns and faithful of the official and underground communities mourn over the demeaning illicit ordination on 20 November in Chengde (Hebei). It was attended by eight bishops in communion with the pope, kidnapped and forced to participate. The Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, a champion of religious freedom in China, vents his frustration.

    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The news of the ordination of Mgr. Guo Jincai Bishop of Chengde (Hebei), without papal approval, on November 20 last, arrived at the Vatican while the Consistory took place. Card. Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong and a member of the Vatican Commission for the Church in China, was also among participants. Here we publish some of his thoughts about the Chengde ordination, which the cardinal sent to AsiaNews, and also published on his personal blog in English and Chinese.

    What should have never happened, has happened again!

    I am sitting in a fully illuminated St. Peter’s Basilica. In a short while the Holy Father is going to create 24 new Cardinals. But I am in no mood of celebration. I have learned the bad news: what should have never happened has happened again: once more an Episcopal ordination took place in China without the papal mandate, and the bishops who took part in the rite were as many as eight! Were they all kidnapped and dragged to the place? We hear that someone was well able to refuse to participate.

    Instead of coming here I would have preferred to remain in the chapel of the house where I am accommodated to allow my self a good cry. I am sure many priests, sisters and faithful, in both the underground and above the ground communities, are crying, The Blessed Virgin Mary is crying, because once more they have crucified Jesus.

    Now we can see that to vanity light heartedly those excommunications were a misguided compassion. What other crime they would not be prepared to commit for “the good of the Church”? Anyway we should not be so quick to condemn those our brothers, before listening to their self-justification.

    But Mr. Lau bai-nian has condemned the Holy See? “We can wait no more,” The last word belongs to him! We thought there was a sincere negotiation going on. No, it was not so. He wants everything his way. That the 10 ordinations this year could take place, it was mainly because he was satisfied. He is the boss!

    And then, the kidnapping of persons, the cutting of all communication, the huge display of police force as if dealing with dangerous criminals…are we not living well into the 21st century? Such fascist method, gangster style has brought shame on our noble nation. Are our leaders aware of what is happening? Are the approving it? Was that what they wanted? Is this the harmonious society?

    Oh Lord, wake up! Why do you turn your face from us? Come quickly to save us (Ps. 44)

    Brothers “arrive, you who refuse to remain slaves” (national anthem), don’t look for immediate advantages; turn your gaze to the Lord coming in “this” last day.

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    See also

    20/11/2010 CHINA-VATICAN
    Chengde, eight bishops in communion with Pope participate in illicit ordination
    The ceremony took place despite the strong protest of the Holy See. There had been no illegal ordinations since 2006. Among the eight bishops who participated there is also Mgr. Francis An Shuxin of Baoding, who last year had emerged from the underground church, causing many conflicts and disputes with the Vatican. The faithful are sad and angry.

    19/11/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
    Chengde: illicit Episcopal ordination, the first in four years
    Vice-President of the Patriotic Association ignores the Vatican veto. Many bishops are under pressure to take part in the ordination. Three prelates were seized. For the faithful of the diocese the new ordination against the wishes of the Holy See "is a time bomb." The new bishop is close to the government, but far from the local and universal Church.

    20/05/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
    New bishop of Yanzhou ordained with Holy See approval
    Bishop John Lu Peisen is the second legitimate pastor ordained since the beginning of the year. Two days ago the Pope's call to pray for the bishops who "suffer and are under pressure in exercising their episcopal ministry." Bishop Lu was a long time teacher at the seminary in Jinan.

    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

    14/07/2011 VATICAN - CHINA
    Few share the Pope’s "pain and concern," for the Church in China
    The statement by the director of the Vatican Press Office on the illicit ordination of Shantou. "An act contrary to the unity of the universal Church." But the Church prays little for China; presidents and secretaries of state are silent on the violations of human rights, the economy trumps everything. But this short-sightedness is preparing the ground for a huge and violent social conflict in China.



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