01/26/2015, 00.00
Send to a friend

Opposed to new unlawful ordinations, Chinese Catholics are united for religious freedom

by Veritas Vincit
Chinese Catholics oppose the government's decision to ordain "independent" bishops. Candidates are called to refuse their "unlawful ordination". The official and underground Churches must "stand up" to these abuses.

Beijing (AsiaNews) - Some Catholics have expressed strong opposition to the Chinese government's plan to push forward bishop ordinations without papal approval in 2015, as indicated by comments respondents made in response to recent news reports in Catholic Online in China (Tianzhujiao Zaixian) on the working plans of the Patriotic Association and of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) disclosed on Jan. 15, 2015.

A Catholic commented that the government is treating the Catholic Church in China as if it were made up "slaves," and that it was foully managing Catholic affairs.

"When will the pastors of the Church in China refuse to grovel and stand up to defend the authentic faith of the Catholic Church? All the clergy and faithful with a conscience should boycott unlawful ordinations and abandon the Patriotic Association and the bishops' council."

Since unlawful ordinations are against Catholic doctrine, another commentator predicted that there would be more and more underground ordinations, and that the situation would get out of control.

Another Catholic wrote an open letter to SARA director Wang Zuo'an, accusing "the government of mixing politics with internal Catholic Church matters. As the Church is a community of love, why should the authorities cause chaos in the Church and push the Catholic community to the opposite side?"

The same Catholic asked why does SARA's 2015 work plan state that the department would act according to law, when it lists Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai as an outlaw and deprived him of his freedom.

Another Catholic urged the "priests selected to be bishop-candidates to boycott unlawful ordinations".

A Chinese priest told AsiaNews that Chinese government officials probably do not want to continue a dialogue with the Holy See and so will continue implementing measures such as these their own way.

A layperson strongly urged bishops, priests and fellow Catholics in both the official and the underground Churches to stand up and boycott unlawful ordinations.

"Do not let evil forces suppress our Church. Do not compromise. We must fight for religious freedom in China."

(Veritas Vincit is the pseudonym of a major Chinese Catholic figure)

Send to a friend
Printable version
See also
Sixty years of China’s “independent” Church celebrated with 48 bishops (photos-videos)
18/12/2018 16:15
Underground Church as a pawn in China’s political game, a thorn in the side of the Holy See
25/01/2018 17:44
Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly
28/12/2016 17:27
Chinese Catholics "happy" with the Vatican statement on China: "It is not too late" for clarity
23/12/2016 01:17
Press Office reacts to "alleged" unlawful episcopal ordinations in China
07/11/2016 15:05