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    » 05/16/2011, 00.00

    CHINA - VATICAN

    Patriotic Association threatens 10 episcopal ordinations without papal mandate

    Paul Wang

    This was declared by Anthony Liu Bainian, honorary president of the PA. On May 11 there was an election of Bishops in Shantou (Guangdong) with a single candidate, linked to the Communist Party to oust the bishop of the diocese, approved by the Holy See.

    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The honorary chairman of the Patriotic Association, Anthony Liu Bainian has demanded that the Vatican “not interfere with the self-election and self-ordination” of bishops, [ie without papal mandate-ed] and recognize and support the elected bishops in their work of evangelization. " Liu Bainian, nicknamed "the Pope of China" as a result of his claiming to lead the entire Chinese Church, said there are still at least 10 candidates for the episcopate who will soon be elected according to the method of " self-election and self-ordination”, a method he says is "wanted by the Church in China."

    Liu Bainian’s declarations were published by Wen Wei Po, a Hong Kong newspaper close to the Chinese Communist Party May 14 last.

    Experts consider the strong worded statement a challenge and a threat against the Vatican of imminent Episcopal ordinations without papal mandate, after the last one that occurred in November in Chengde (see 11/20/2010 Chengde, eight bishops in communion with Pope participate in illicit ordination ).

    Liu Bainian's words have rung true for some time now. Just days before, on May 11, with the a bishop was elected in Shantou by priests, nuns and lay people, under threats and pressures against the will of the Holy See.

    The Electoral Committee consisting of 15 priests, five nuns, 50 seminarians and two lay people voted by a large majority, for the only candidate, Fr Joseph Huang Bingzhang. This "self election" has severe flaws:

    1) First it took place by compulsion. Priests and lay people have confessed to have been taken from their homes and "accompanied" by police. Moreover, many PA members  and police were present in the election hall and controlled the voting. Many said they were subjected to strong pressure to vote for only candidate, others said they were forced to vote "against their conscience" for fear of retaliation, and threats to their relatives. Nevertheless, in the vote, there were three votes against and three abstentions. But the only candidate received 66 votes soon. Out of five priests who were unwilling to participate in the election manipulation, three are under police surveillance, one is missing (maybe he has gone into hiding), one was arrested.

    2) The candidate, Fr Huang, has been eager to become a bishop for a long time and the Vatican has never seen him as a worthy candidate. Fr Huang is defined by his followers as "ambitious", and “power-hungry" and as being too close to the Communist Party. Since 1998 he has been a member of the National People's Congress (China's parliament), he has been president of the PA in Guangdong since last December and is a vice president of the PA at the national level (see the Assembly 09/12/2010 Assembly elects new leadership, causing major harm to the Church).

    3) The Diocese of Shantou already has a bishop in the person of Mgr. Zhuang Jianjian, secretly ordained with Holy See approval in 2006. But the PA does not recognize him as a bishop and has always restrained his pastoral work. Since last December he has been under police control and during Holy Week celebrations this year was prevented from carrying out his ministry

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    After resigning from the Patriotic Association, and having suffered four years under house arrest, Msgr. Ma appears to have retracted his positions, lauding the PA and its’ functions in favor of the Chinese Church. Some faithful believe he "was forced"; others that he is the victim of "too much pressure"; for others still, this "submission" is the "price he must pay" to regain freedom for the community of Shanghai, where perhaps the seminary (closed for 4 years) will reopen in September. The Vatican gives little credence to the bishop’s statements. A Chinese bishop wonders whether dialogue between the Holy See and China is of any use and is concerned that someone in the Vatican piloted Ma Daqin’s "confession" to please the Chinese government.

     



    18/11/2010 VATICAN - CHINA
    Holy See against an illicit Episcopal ordination and violence against bishops
    The government preparing for ceremony on Nov. 20 and seizes two bishops to force them to participate. The Vatican denounces "severe violations of religious freedom and conscience." Blackmail in anticipation of the National Assembly of Catholic representatives, a body "incompatible" with Catholic faith, which the bishops should not attend



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    CHINA - VATICAN
    Vatican silence over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin causing confusion and controversy

    Bernardo Cervellera

    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.


    CHINA – VATICAN
    Mgr Ma Daqin: the text of his “confession”

    Mons. Taddeo Ma Daqin

    Four years after quitting the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, the bishop of Shanghai “admits” his faults on his blog, praising the organisation that controls the Church. We publish his article, almost in its entirety. Translation by AsiaNews.


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