» 04/25/2012, 00.00
"Patriotic" ceremony for the new bishop of Changsha
Excommunicated bishop (Anhui), and the archbishop of Beijing, who is in an ambiguous position, present. Few faithful. Many government and the United Front officials present. The oath of the bishop according to the dictates of the Patriotic Association.
Changsha (AsiaNews) - Fr. Qu
Ailin has been ordained bishop of Changsha (Hunan). The ceremony was
held this morning at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the presence
of more than 25 priests and 200 faithful. Although the candidate was recognized
by the Vatican and the government, the function had a overtly "patriotic"
flavor, more in line with government demnds than the canonical requirements of
the to Church Catholic. In fact the
excommunicated bishop, Msgr. Liu Xinhong, Wuhu (Anhui) participated in the
ceremony, and another bishop whose position with the Holy See is dubious, the Archbishop
of Beijing, Mgr. Joseph Li Shan, who was the principal ordaining bishop.
For some time the Vatican continues to insist that Episcopal ordinations take
place respecting the faith of the Catholic Church, with the exclusion of the
bishops not in communion with the Holy See. But the government and the
Patriotic Association continues to claim independence and autonomy from the Pope,
ordaining pastors without pontifical mandate and forcing bishops in communion with
him to participate in ceremonies alongside excommunicated bishops.
The Archbishop of Beijing, Msgr. Li Shan, who became vice-president of the council
of Chinese bishops in 2010, has participated in some illicit Episcopal ordinations
and from what we know has not yet clarified his position with the Holy See.
Even more problematic is the presence of Mgr. Liu Xinhong, bishop of Wuhu (Anhui),
who was ordained without papal mandate and was excommunicated in 2006 (see:
bishop ordained in Anhui without Pope's permission).
The ceremony was also attended by other bishops: Msgr. John Lu Peisen Yanzhou (Shandong), Msgr. Paul Liang Jiansen of Jiangmen (Guangdong), Msgr. Tan Yanquan of Nanning
(Guangxi), Msgr. Li Suguang, coadjutor bishop of Jiangxi.
Diocese of Changsha has about 80
thousand Catholics, of whom
20 thousand in the city. The fact that the
ceremony only 200 faithful
present is a sign of malaise among the faithful
in enduring the interference of the government and the Patriotic
Association in strictly religious ceremonies, an
example of violence against
the other hand, Liu Yuanlong, vice president of the Patriotic Association was present, who brought
the message of the United Front
and the State Administration for
Religious Affairs. Also present were other provincial personalities and officials of the United Front and Religious Affairs.
public, the new bishop had sworn
to serve the Church and the
nation, helping priests, nuns and faithful to "respect the national laws, safeguard national unity,
social stability and unity, to promote economic development in Hunan,
cultural prosperity and social harmony. "
The newly ordained was born in 1961 in Henyang (Hunan) and was ordained
priest in 1995. He is deputy director of the Patriotic Association
of Hunan Province
and a member of the People's Political Consultative Conference
in the city of Henyang.
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