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    » 07/06/2012, 00.00

    CHINA - VATICAN

    Harbin’s illicit ordination strengthens "excommunicated". Apostolic administrator released

    Jian Mei

    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.

    Harbin (AsiaNews) - Despite the criticism of local Catholics and even the Vatican warning Fr. Joseph Yue Fusheng was ordained bishop without papal mandate this morning at Harbin Cathedral (Heilongjiang).

    The liturgy was presided by Msgr. Johan Fang Xinyao of Linyi (Shandong), national president of the Patriotic Association. Other concelebrating bishops were: Msgr. Pei Junmin of Liaoning, Msgr. Meng Qinglu of Hohhot (Inner Mongolia), Msgr. Wang Renlei of Xuzhou (Jiangsu) and Msgr. Yang Yongqiang of Zhoucun (Shandong).

    All bishops were approved by the Holy See, including Msgr. Wang, who was legitimized in May. It is not known whether their participation was spontaneous or was forced, as was the case in other ordinations.

    According to a report published online on "Catholic Church in China", published in Chinese by the Patriotic Association and bishops' council, there were more than 40 priests and about 1000 faithful present at the Mass. During the liturgy, instead of the mandate of the Pope, the letter from the bishops' council was read, a body approved by Government but not recognized by the Holy See.

    Before the Mass ended, Yue told the congregation that he understood the way ahead would be very difficult but he was willing to shoulder the cross. "Today I am chosen as the bishop of Heilongjiang, I know it is a big responsibility. I know to be a bishop is not an honour but a ministry," he said, asking the congregation to support him."

    Bishop Joseph Li Shan of Beijing and Bishop Qu Ailin of Hunan sent their congratulatory messages but both were sick and hospitalized, and so could not attend the liturgy.

    Now, the leadership of the national Patriotic Association selected in December 2010, comprises five illicit bishops - Ma Yinglin, Lei Shiyin, Guo Jincai, Huang Bingzhang and Yue Fusheng, two legitimate bishops Shen Bin of Haimen, Meng Qinglu of Hohhot, two laymen Liu Yuanlong and Shu Nanwu of Jiangxi, and Sister Wu Lin.

    The new bishop Yue Fusheng, 48, was ordained as a priest of Harbin, despite coming from Hebei. He is a vice-president of the PA at the national level. In the 1980s he studied at the seminary in Shenyang. In 1995 he attended the World Youth Day in Manila, where a Chinese delegation arrived for the first time. In the same year, he studied briefly in Hong Kong and South Korea, from March 1997 to July 1998 he studied at the Catholic University of Leuven.

    In October 1999 he was nominated to be bishop of the diocese of Heilongjiang, and voted by a committee of the local church until May 2012.
    According to the PA publication, there are about 80 thousand faithful in the diocese.

    Yue's ordination has resolved the "disappearance" of Fr. Joseph Zhao Hongchun, apostolic administrator of Harbin, recognized by the Holy See. Immediately after the ceremony, Fr. Joseph and Fr. Zhang Xisheng, his assistant pastor, were released. Fr. Zhao was arrested on the afternoon of July 4, Fr. Zhang was arrested by public security yesterday morning.

    Local sources told AsiaNews that some prominent government officials visited the underground bishop Msgr. Wei Jingyi of Qiqihar, asking him to persuade the Holy See to approve the ordination of Fr. Yue. They also ordered Msgr. Wei not to leave his home at this time.

    Some Catholics in Harbin have told AsiaNews that they prayed with great intensity in these days for Fr. Yue to repent his decision, for the release of the two underground priests and for the sufferings of the Church of Heilongjiang.

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    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.

    28/06/2012 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.

    08/07/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
    Liaoning priests rush to defense of bishop to prevent his participation in illegitimate ordination
    Bishop Pei Junmin received an order to attend the Episcopal ordination in Shantou on 14 July. The candidate has no papal mandate. His priests are defending him from forced deportation.

    15/06/2012 VATICAN - CHINA
    Msgr. Savio Hon: episcopal ordinations with no papal mandate reveal Party’s lack of ideals and internal fighting
    The Vatican secretary of Propaganda Fide prays a new illicit episcopal ordination in Harbin will not take place. This gesture "hurts the pope," but also Chinese Catholics, especially the newly baptized. "Inconsistency" between liberalism preached by the government and the actions of the Patriotic Association, that wants to create "a new Protestant church", independent of the pope. The Gospel in China "highly relevant" to overcoming the materialism and pragmatism of power and money.

    18/07/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
    Chinese Church "resists" excessive power of Government and Patriotic Association
    Faithful and priests have stopped the "kidnapping" of Msgr. Pei, designated to preside over the illicit ordination of Shantou. Yesterday in the dioceses of Guangdong the declaration of the Holy See was issued, greeted by applause. For months Harbin priests have resisted the illicit ordination of bishop. Members of the underground Church are asking the Vatican to proceed with the ordination of bishops for their communities.



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