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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.
25/11/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
Chinese Church "wounded" by illicit ordination, united with Pope
A priest in the underground Church writes to AsiaNews about the Chengde illicit ordination. The impact on ecclesial communion, dialogue between China and the Vatican, on religious freedom in the country.
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.
22/11/2010 VATICAN - CHINA
Card. Zen’s anguish over illegal ordination of Chengde
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.
24/11/2010 VATICAN - CHINA
Holy See condemns illicit episcopal ordination in Chengde
In a harsh statement, the Vatican expresses the pope’s "deep regret" and denounces "a serious breach of Catholic discipline" and "freedom of religion and conscience." The Beijing government has ignored the demands of the Holy See and let Liu Bainian, vice president of the Patriotic obstruct China - the Holy See dialogue. It reminds the illicit bishop of his excommunication latae sententiae.
14/04/2011 VATICAN -CHINA
Vatican Commission sends message to Chinese Catholics
The document calls for hope, despite the "evidence" that the faithful are dealing with the illegitimate ordination of Chengde and the 8th National Assembly of Catholic representatives, pointing to the dictates of the Code of Canon Law and the directions of Benedict XVI. The urgent need for the appointment of bishops in vacant dioceses and the importance of formation. Hopes for government openness to dialogue.
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