» 08/22/2012 CHINA - VATICAN Diocese of Shanghai under siege after Ma Daqin’s "big blow" by Bernardo Cervellera The seminaries will be closed until further notice, a nun was forced to step down as superior general. Seminarians and nuns "did not cooperate" with the government for the ordination of July 7, when Ma Daqin decided he was quitting the Patriotic Association. Catholics resistance to and criticism of official Church body on the rise. A bishop tells AsiaNews: "The government has lost control of the masses and the confidence of the people."
(AsiaNews) - Shanghai's regional and minor seminary will not reopen - as
planned - at the beginning of September until further notice, a nun was
forced to resign as superior general of her order: these are some of the
"revenge" moves by the Patriotic Association to express its anger at Msgr. Ma Taddeo Daqin's decision to leave the control of the official Catholic Church and against
those who "have helped him."
7 July Msgr. Ma was ordained auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, with the
approval of the Holy See. During
the ceremony, he avoided the embrace and communion with Zhan Silu, the illicit
bishop who was there, and announced he would henceforth devote himself fully to
his pastoral mission and consequently quit the Patriotic Association (PA), an
organization which, according to Benedict XVI is
"incompatible with Catholic doctrine" and pursues a policy of "independence"
from the Holy See.
Now the Bishop of
Shanghai, Msgr. Aloysius
Jin Luxian has issued a short note warning that the seminaries will not open in
early September "until further notice" and this is due to the
A few days earlier, another note had
warned that Sister Agnes Liu Shujing was being removed from the office of
superior general of the Congregation of Our Lady of the Presentation. The
Mother, who was preparing a weekly course with all 86 nuns of her order, had to
cancel this commitment.
to UCAN news agency, "there is no official reason for her resignation,"
but we know that Sr. Agnes "did not cooperate" with the government in
the preparation for the 7 July ordination. She
had in fact delayed in passing on the PA's order that all sisters had to attend
the ordination ceremony, although there was an illicit bishop, to the sisters
of her order.
have passed on the details to AsiaNews:
nuns and seminarians, in fact, attended the ceremony, but with a very precise
task to fulfill: prevent illicit bishops from entering the church and taking
part in the ceremony. This
is why together they formed a "human barrier" between the bishops in
communion with the Pope, although Zhan Silu was then able to infiltrate the
The PA is concerned that the
example of Msgr. Ma Daqin, the seminarians and nuns will
spread to all the other dioceses and for this very reason has closed down
all of the seminaries and removed Sr. Agnes.
in all likelihood these moves will boomerang and create even more resistance in
the Church. Already
a priest, quoted by UCAN, points out that the major seminary of Sheshan not
only serves Shanghai, but also Anhui, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Jiangxi,
which he says "should not be involved in this episode ". The
leaders of the churches in these provinces have planned to criticize the choice
of government authorities in Shanghai.
Another priest, contacted by AsiaNews defends choice of Msgr. Ma:
"The PA is not the government and therefore one can freely join and leave
this association. Msgr. Ma did not do anything illegal in his resignation from
bishops who so far have been very obedient to the PA are backtracking. At
least two official bishops, requisitioned by the Party to participate in the illicit
ordination of Harbin, refused and found a way not to go.
bishop has confided to AsiaNews: "What
is happening in Chinese society is also happening in the Catholic Church: the
government has lost control of the masses and the people's trust. The faithful no
longer pay any attention to the PA, it no longer counts".