Friday, June 24, 2011

Catholicism made in China

China ordains bishops without Vatican approval

The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), the government controlled church in the PRC, announced that it wants to ordain more than 40 bishops to fill vacancies in dioceses.

The Vatican has deemed the ordinations "illicit," and Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said this represents "a grave violation of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience."

Diplomatic ties between the Vatican and China were cut 60 years ago when the Holy See, along with much of the rest of the international community, recognized the Nationalist Chinese regime in Taiwan as the legitimate government of China.

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