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    » 04/25/2012, 00.00

    CHINA-VATICAN

    "Patriotic" ceremony for the new bishop of Changsha

    Wang Zhicheng

    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: 03/05/2006 New 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.

    The 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 religious freedom.

    On 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.

    In 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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    See also

    20/05/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
    New bishop of Yanzhou ordained with Holy See approval
    Bishop John Lu Peisen is the second legitimate pastor ordained since the beginning of the year. Two days ago the Pope's call to pray for the bishops who "suffer and are under pressure in exercising their episcopal ministry." Bishop Lu was a long time teacher at the seminary in Jinan.

    19/11/2010 CHINA - VATICAN
    Chengde: illicit Episcopal ordination, the first in four years
    Vice-President of the Patriotic Association ignores the Vatican veto. Many bishops are under pressure to take part in the ordination. Three prelates were seized. For the faithful of the diocese the new ordination against the wishes of the Holy See "is a time bomb." The new bishop is close to the government, but far from the local and universal Church.

    21/12/2012 CHINA - VATICAN
    Wuhan Government gravely interferes in fate of priests and future bishop
    Appointments and transfers of parish priests blocked. Forced resignation of Fr. Shen Guoan, administrator of the diocese. He had refused to be ordained bishop without papal mandate. It is feared that the government is preparing a new illicit episcopal ordination

    16/05/2011 CHINA - VATICAN
    Patriotic Association threatens 10 episcopal ordinations without papal mandate
    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.

    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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