Thursday, May 04, 2006

News on Chinese episcopal ordinations

The Beijing-government approved Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), which is not in communion with the Holy See, recently ordained two men to the episcopacy.

A statement issued by the Holy See in reaction to the ordinations stated that Pope Benedict XVI received the news with "profound displeasure" and that they are a "a grave wound to the unity of the Church." Go here to read the statement in its entirety.

An official of the CCPA said that the ordinations took place because more than half of the 100 Chinese dioceses do not have a bishop at present.

Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong reacted strongly to the ordinations, calling for a halt to all future CCPA episcopal ordinations that are not approved by the Holy See.

Go here to read more about the CCPA's explanation, Cardinal Zen's statement, and more analysis of the situation.

1 comment:

Chris said...

Benny nipped this one quick. All four excumed within 48 hours. Who ever said the Vatican was inefficient?
This Chinese government will never learn.