» 07/13/2006, 00.00
EU CHINA VATICAN
EU foreign affairs committee calls for release of detained Chinese bishops
The illicit ordinations undermining confidence in dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See were also criticized.
Brussels (AsiaNews) The European Union has called on China to immediately release bishops and Christians imprisoned "for their religious beliefs".
The call came in a report approved yesterday by a large majority in the EU Foreign Affairs Committee on ties between the EU and China. The report notes "the fate of many imprisoned bishops" and "calls on the authorities of the People's Republic of China to immediately release all members of Christian churches who are unjustly imprisoned or persecuted".
According to AsiaNews sources, dozens of bishops of the underground church are under house arrest or prevented from carrying out their ministry. Three of them went missing years ago when in police hands, and the government of Beijing has never given any reason why.
The report approved yesterday criticized China for the illicit bishops' ordinations that took place in recent months in Kunming and Anhui, holding them to be "a grave violation of religious freedom" that endangered trust in "honest and constructive dialogue" between Beijing and the Holy See and hindered the "development of freedoms" in China.
The report also highlighted the defence of religious freedom for Tibetans, Muslims in Xinjiang and groups of the Falun Gong.
12/07/2006 EU CHINA VATICAN
The Foreign Affairs Committee of the EU condemns China on human and religious rights
A report on relations between Beijing and the EU asks that the death penalty and laogai labour camps be abolished, defends the religious freedom of underground communities and advises Beijing to stay out of episcopal ordinations. An amendment also asks that web-sites, including AsiaNews, not be blacked-out.
04/05/2006 VATICAN - CHINA
Holy See: illicit ordinations in China are a "serious violation of religious freedom"
A statement by Navarro speaks of the Pope's "profound distress", "pressures and threats" against bishops and priests, and recalls the "serious sanctions" foreseen by canon law.
09/05/2006 VATICAN - CHINA
Card. Zen: Chinese government is mistaken; all in China want to be led by pope
When a bishop is not chosen by the Holy See, priests usually refuse to concelebrate with him and believers keep their distance.
15/12/2016 13:08:00 CHINA - VATICAN
Legitimate and illegitimate bishops: Rice mixed with sand is hard to swallow
The "profaning" of episcopal ordinations with the presence of excommunicated bishops risks becoming an established accepted fact. The need to counter a servility created by 5 thousand years of imperial cultural. The intervention of a priest-blogger from China's northeast.
14/12/2016 12:38:00 CHINA - VATICAN
Card. Zen: The “slap” from Chris Patten and those of the illegitimate ordinations and Assembly for the Pope
The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong laments the silence of the Holy See on the ordination of bishops at Chengdu and Xichang with the participation of an excommunicated bishop. Upcoming Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives a slap down for Pope. The Ostpolitik "is a failure." "In front of evil... refuse to cooperate".
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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