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China: One Bishop Excommunicated, Another Arrested

Last edited 16th July 2012

China: One Bishop Excommunicated, Another Arrested

The Vatican announced the excommunication of a Chinese bishop who was ordained without the approval of the Holy See, while Chinese authorities have taken into custody another bishop who proclaimed his loyalty to Rome and renounced the government-backed Patriotic Association.

In a July 10 statement, the Vatican announced that Bishop Joseph Yue Fusheng, who was ordained on July 6 in Harbin, “has automatically incurred the sanctions laid down by canon 1382 of the Code of Canon Law.” The statement added that the Holy See will not recognize him as a bishop, and the priests of Harbin are not obliged to obey his orders.
In the same statement, the Vatican applauded the ordination of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin as an auxiliary of the Shanghai diocese, saying that July 7 ceremony was “encouraging and is to be welcomed.” Bishop Ma had been ordained with the approval of both the Holy See and the Chinese government. Visit this article to read more.

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