Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Excommunication
for Bishop Joseph Yue Fusheng, illicitly
ordained in Harbin, the request for an explanation from concelebrating bishops,
the hope that the Chinese authorities are not encouraging "actions
contrary to dialogue" with the Vatican, "welcome and encouragement"
for ordination of the auxiliary
bishop of Shanghai, Thaddeus Ma Daqin.
This is expressed in by a statement of the Holy See on the issue of ordination of
today. In the document there is an implicit reference to the Note
of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples published on 4 July, two
days before the date scheduled for the illegitimate ordination, reminding the
candidate for ordination and bishops who were to take part in the liturgy that
they would incur excommunication.
The Vatican, finally, reminds
"all Catholics in China", they
"are called to defend and preserve what belongs to the doctrine and tradition
of the Church."
This is the text of the statement:
With regard to
the episcopal ordination of the Reverend Joseph Yue Fusheng, which took place
in Harbin (Province of Heilongjiang)
on Friday 6 July 2012, the following is stated:
1) The Reverend Joseph Yue Fusheng,
ordained without pontifical mandate and hence illicitly, has automatically
incurred the sanctions laid down by canon 1382 of the Code of Canon Law. Consequently, the Holy See does not recognize
him as Bishop of the Apostolic Administration of Harbin, and he lacks the
authority to govern the priests and the Catholic community in the Province of Heilongjiang.
The Reverend Yue Fusheng had
been informed some time ago that he could not be approved by the Holy See as an
episcopal candidate, and on several occasions he had been asked not to accept
episcopal ordination without the pontifical mandate.
2) The Bishops who took part in the illicit
episcopal ordination and have exposed themselves to the sanctions laid down by
the law of the Church, must give an account to the Holy See of their
participation in that religious ceremony.
3) Appreciation is due to those priests,
consecrated persons and lay faithful who prayed and fasted for a change of
heart in the Reverend Yue Fusheng, for the holiness of the Bishops and for the
unity of the Church in China,
particularly in the Apostolic Administration of Harbin.
4) All Catholics in China, Pastors, priests,
consecrated persons and lay faithful, are called to defend and safeguard that which pertains to the doctrine
and tradition of the Church. Even amid the present difficulties, they look to
the future with faith, comforted by the certainty that the Church is founded on
the rock of Peter and his Successors.
5) The Apostolic
See, trusting in the concrete willingness of the Government Authorities of
China to dialogue with the Holy See, hopes that the said Authorities will not
encourage gestures contrary to such dialogue. Chinese Catholics also wish to
see practical steps taken in this direction, the first among which
is the avoidance of illicit celebrations and episcopal ordinations without
pontifical mandate that cause division and bring suffering to the Catholic
communities in China
and the universal Church.
of the Reverend Thaddeus Ma Daqin as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of
Shanghai on Saturday 7 July 2012 is encouraging and is to be welcomed. The
presence of a bishop who is not in communion with the Holy Father was
inappropriate and shows a lack of consideration for a lawful episcopal
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