» 06/28/2012 CHINA - VATICAN Harbin’s illicit ordination delayed: Victory for "Faithfull’s prayers and fasting" by Bernardo Cervellera 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."
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.
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age grounds and has been replaced by Zhang Yijiong.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.