» 06/28/2012, 00.00
CHINA - VATICAN
Harbin’s illicit ordination delayed: Victory for "Faithfull’s prayers and fasting"
The Episcopal ordination was to have taken place tomorrow, the Feast of St. Peter and Paul, as a "slap in the face to the Holy Father." Underground and official community united in prayers against the move. Voices warn the ordination only "postponed until next month." The United Front, which controls the Patriotic Associations, loses a supporter of Stalinist control over religions, Zhu Weiqun.
Rome (AsiaNews) - For months the faithful of Harbin
(Heilongjiang) have been praying and fasting lest the Episcopal ordination
without papal mandate go ahead, now they are quietly satisfied: the ordination,
scheduled for tomorrow, will not happen.
sources have told AsiaNews that "there
will be no ordination tomorrow."
some time, rumors abounded in the Northern city that soon - June 29 - that Patriotic
Association (PA) candidate
Yue Fusheng, 48, would be ordained a bishop. The priests had been contacted by the
Office of Religious Affairs and warned not to interfere and the Cathedral of Harbin had
been undergoing restoration work for the occasion. Fr. Yue has been pushing for his ordination
for years. In
December 2010 (see: 09/12/2010 Assembly
elects new leadership, causing major harm to the Church) he was chosen as one of three vice-presidents of the National PA, with
Paul, Lei Shiyin (Leshan diocese) and Joseph Huang Bingzhang (Shantou), both
became bishops without papal approval (see: 29/06/2011 Leshan:
seven legitimate bishops take part in Episcopal ordination that had no papal
mandate and 14/07/2011 Eight
bishops in communion with the pope forced to take part in illegitimate
ordination in Shantou).
faithful of the underground and official community have been holding moments of
prayer and fasting so that such a "slap in the face to the Holy
Father" would not occur. Even
the priests of the diocese have declared their opposition to this ordination.
Savio Hon Taifai, Vatican secretary of Propaganda Fide, in an interview with AsiaNews had warned the same Fr. Yue
not perform such actions that are contrary to communion with the Pope
Savio Hon: episcopal ordinations with no papal mandate reveal Party's lack of
ideals and internal fighting).
local priest tells AsiaNews that in
any case "our people will continue to pray and fast for the ordination to
be permanently cancelled." According
to rumors, in fact, it was only "postponed until next month."
priest however stresses that this delay is the fruit of the unity of the Church
In the interview cited
above, Msgr. Hon
said that the illicit ordinations in the face of so many claims of liberal
leadership, is a sign of the struggle that is taking place in the party between
liberals and Stalinists, namely, the "princes", the sons of the great
Party leaders, who do not want to lose their grip
on power. In
fact, in recent days the news emerged that one of these Stalinists, Zhu Weiqun,
was forced to resign from the post of deputy director of the United Front on
age grounds and has been replaced by Zhang Yijiong. The
United Front controls the patriotic associations of the various religions.
ago, Zhu Weiqun had defended the need to strengthen Party control over religion
(see: 20/12/2011 "Get
thee behind me Satan": No religion for the Chinese Communist Party members
06/07/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
Harbin’s illicit ordination strengthens "excommunicated". Apostolic administrator released
Joseph Yue Fusheng was ordained bishop of Heilongjiang by five bishops recognized by the Holy See. More and more "self-elected" bishops in the leadership of the Patriotic Association. Fr. Joseph Zhao and his curate were released immediately after the ordination ceremony. Harbin Catholics pray for Yue’s repentance.
13/07/2011 HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
Urgent appeals by Card. Zen and Bishop Tong against illicit Shantou ordination
Cardinal asks Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao to stop "rogue officials" who carry out violence against the Church and the conscience of the faithful, Msgr. Tong asks all the faithful of the diocese to pray that the faith of Christians in China may be strengthened. Justice and peace, on behalf of Cardinal Zen, issues 60 thousand copies of a newspaper on the illegitimate ordinations, religious freedom and priests imprisoned in China, as well as passages of the Letter of Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics.
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.
08/05/2006 CHINA - VATICAN
Undergound bishops in China ask for prayers for official priests facing pressure and threats
Following illicit ordinations achieved through violence and deceit the Patriotic Association subjects priests to political sessions and brainwashing to destroy their faithfulness to the pope. AsiaNews supports the bishops' appeal.
04/07/2011 VATICAN - CHINA
The Holy See condemns Leshan ordination
In a statement made public today, the Vatican states that it does not recognize the new bishop, that he can not administer the diocese and is excommunicated. Voices in Leshan say that the new bishop has two children. The Vatican had informed some time ago that he could not be accepted as a candidate "for serious reasons”. Bishops who attended the ordination also warned. Fears that the government wants to create a de-facto schism, ordaining dozens of other bishops without papal mandate.
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
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The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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