Friday, June 02, 2006

China v. the Patriotic Catholic Association?

The Chinese cardinal pointed out that when the Holy See issued a strong statement condemning the illicit episcopal ordinations carried out in China on April 30 and May 2, the Beijing government issued only a mild reaction, indicating that the regime "has accepted his new evolution of the situation."

The government has "clearly told the vice-president of the Patriotic Association, Liu Bainian, that he must put a stop to these ordinations," the cardinal told the French Catholic daily, La Croix. Government leaders recognize that if the unauthorized ordinations continue, the Vatican will break off talks with Beijing, he said.

Unexpected. I had not heard of this. Hope for the Chinese Catholics perhaps?

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