Tag Archives: Patriotic Association
AsiaNews: It took five months. Msgr. Ma’s beautiful blog posts had, to some extent, relieved our anxieties. Beijing’s silence was understandable: they were otherwise occupied. A one-line comment arrived from Rome on July 8 and then a mention in the recent article by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. My blog was blank, waiting for some good news, at any time. … More →
AsiaNews: Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, ordained auxiliary bishop of Shanghai on July 7, with the approval of the Pope, was taken away by a group of religious officials in the evening, but nobody knew where they took him to. Some Catholics specially went to his first mass yesterday morning, but found that the bishop was missing. According to local sources, the bishop is now in … More →
AsiaNews: Catholics in Harbin (Heilongjiang), in far north-east China, are praying and fasting to avert an episcopal ordination without papal mandate. Sources tell AsiaNews that “no one wants this ordination: neither official nor underground Catholics not even the candidate himself. The Patriotic Association (PA) just wants to assert its power over the Church and give a slap in the face to the Vatican. ” The … More →
Catholic Culture: A special papal commission on the Church in China has exhorted Chinese Catholics to resist the efforts by the government-backed Patriotic Association to control the Church. Full report here.
AsiaNews: The Easter holiday will be “very discreetly” celebrated this year in unofficial (underground) communities in China. Many community leaders, bishops and priests, were in fact called in by the police for a “conversation” and even underwent weeks of indoctrination on the government’s religious policy. Several Church observers clearly see a campaign underway to “convert” the underground Church and absorb it into the official church. … More →
The pope created a new cardinal in China, the current acting Bishop of Hong Kong, John Tong Hon. Here is part of what he had to say in an interview with Asia News. www.Chiesa: On the occasion of his appointment, the new cardinal Tong gave an interview to “Asia News,” the agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions directed by Father Bernardo Cervellera. In … More →
The Chinese “Catholic” Patriotic Association opposes these appeals for restitution of properties partly because the Association receives hefty rent revenues from the tenants. Asianews: A Catholic nun and priest were violently attacked when they tried to get two Church properties returned to their rightful owners. The latter had been seized in Kungding, in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Local sources said that Sister Xie Yuming … More →
Zenit News: The French agency Eglises d’Asie is reporting that China’s next illicit ordination will happen in the coming few days. This will be the third episcopal ordination without the Pope’s approval since June 29. Read full report here.
Catholic Culture reports: Chinese authorities say that they are making plans to appoint new bishops, pointing toward a new clash with the Vatican. More on this here.
Vatican Approved Chinese Bishops Forced to Attend Illicit Episcopal Consecration of Patriotic Assoc. Priest
CNA reports: China’s government-run Catholic organization has ordained a bishop without the approval of the Pope. In response, a prominent cardinal said the action never should have happened. Read more of Cardinal Zen’s reaction here.
Head of China’s Catholic Patriotic Assoc Unconcerned Over Vatican’s Warning Against Illicit Consecration
AsiaNews: The vice-president of the Patriotic Association, Liu Bainain confirmed to the media that the ordination of Fr Joseph Guo Jincai as Bishop of Chengde (Hebei) will take place tomorrow November 20. The ordination of the 42-year old priest, the first in the last four years, and the obligation of certain bishops to attend were criticized by the Vatican yesterday as “serious violations of freedom … More →
If the axiom “the corruption of the best is the worst” is true of persons, it can also be true of institutions, and perhaps even of nations as well. Too often this proverb, which ought to be a perennial caveat, ends up being a reflection upon some sad story of a once great but later vanquished paragon of virtue.