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  • » 07/08/2011, 00.00

    CHINA - VATICAN

    Liaoning priests rush to defense of bishop to prevent his participation in illegitimate ordination

    Jian Mei

    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.
    Shenyang (AsiaNews) - The priests of the Diocese of Liaoning gathered today in the house of the bishop of Shenyang to protect him from being forcibly deported. The bishop, Mgr. Paul Pei Junmin, it was in fact ordered to go to ordain Fr. Joseph Huang Bingzhang in Shantou on 14 July, in an ordination without papal mandate. It is possible that Mgr. Pei will be dragged by force to attend.

    Some sources also cite the 15 or July 17 as the date of the ordination. If it occurs, it will be the first case after the latest statement from the Holy See on excommunications related to the Leshan ordination of June 29 (7/4/2011 The Holy See condemns Leshan ordination).

    Bishop Pei of Liaoning, is in communion with the pope and is recognized by the government. He was also forced to participate in the illicit ordination of Chengde, in November (20/11/2010 Chengde, eight bishops in communion with Pope participate in illicit ordination).

    The government's pressure on bishops in China is very strong. Another young bishop, who preferred anonymity, told AsiaNews that he feels tired, like "having a stone on his chest", especially in having to cope with an increasing number of illegitimate ordinations. "I live in fear and trepidation every day - he said - of receiving the order to participate. I'm really exhausted, "

    Today the priests of Liaoning spread a message asking for prayers for their dioceses facing unprecedented difficulties, including the fact that their bishop is forced to participate in the illegal ordination of Fr Huang, who was elected last May 11.

    All the priests of the diocese gathered in the bishop's house for an emergency meeting and to discuss the problem. They have signed a joint declaration criticizing the Chinese authorities for forcing their bishop to attend the Shantou ordination.

    At the moment they are protecting the bishop from being taken away by force by government authorities. The statement also explains that the priests hope the Lord will give the government authorities the sufficient grace to recognize the truth.

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    See also

    18/06/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
    Father Li Zhigang, appointed bishop of Chengdu, dies of cancer
    He was elected May 2011. So far he had not recieved papal mandate. He died surrounded by his priests and in prayer. He was very involved in the rebuilding of the buildings of the diocese, which was hit by the earthquake of 2008.

    13/06/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
    Harbin Catholics pray and fast against ordaining of bishops without Papal mandate
    Sources tell AsiaNews that no one wants this order - not the official Catholic or dungeons and even the candidate - but the PA has decided this show of force against the Holy See. P. Joseph Yue Fusheng is considered a 'weak' in 2010 was elected vice president of the Association.

    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.

    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.

    28/07/2005 china - vatican
    New Bishop of Xi'an, approved by Rome and Beijing

    Msgr Anthony Dang Mingyan, consecrated by Archbishop Anthony Li Duan.





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