China Appoints Pro-Vatican Head of State Church – Peter Walker

From Guardian Unlimited: China took a significant step towards improving its traditionally turbulent links with the Vatican today with the consecration of a new bishop of Beijing who is widely believed to have the formal support of the Pope. Joseph Li Shan was installed to the influential role within China’s state-controlled Catholic church in a […]

China to Install Bishop Without Papal Approval – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post: China’s state-sanctioned Catholic church said Tuesday that it plans to ordain another bishop without approval from the pope, despite renewed diplomatic efforts to end long-standing hostility between China and the Vatican. The ascension of Wang Renlei, vicar general of Xuzhou diocese in southern China, will mark the third time in seven […]

Rome – Approved Chinese Bishop Defies State Church – Reuters

From Reuters via the New York Times (link): A Chinese bishop approved by the Vatican but not by China’s official state-backed Catholic church has defied authorities and officiated at a religious ceremony, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Monday. The row over Wu Qinjing’s appearance highlighted the current friction between the Holy See and Beijing […]

China Installs Bishop With Approval of Vatican - Jim Yardley

From the New York Times (link) Another Catholic bishop was consecrated in China on Sunday, the third in recent days, in a ceremony approved by the Vatican yet still unlikely to assuage the deepening rift between the Chinese government and Rome. The ordination of an auxiliary bishop in this industrial city occurred three days after […]

Chinese bishops may escape censure – AP

From AP via the USA Today (link): Vatican officials cited church law that called for automatic excommunication in condemning China for appointing bishops without papal consent, but legal experts said Friday that the appointees may be spared formal censure because they may have been pressured. The Vatican said Thursday that the consecration of two bishops […]


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