Vatican confirms ordination of bishop in China
By David Kerr
Bishop Paul Liang Jiansen
Bishop Paul Liang Jiansen

.- The Vatican has confirmed that Paul Liang Jiansen has been ordained as bishop of the Chinese city of Jiangmen. That’s the first such ordination in China since relations between the communist state and the Holy See broke-down last year.

There had been a degree of confusion as it had not been listed in the official bulletin of the Holy See’s Press Office, the usual means of notification.

A spokesman for the Holy See, Father Ciro Benedettini, explained to CNA how the Church deals with China.

“There’s a special section in the Secretariat of State overseeing the Church there rather than going through the Congregation of Bishops or Propaganda Fide," he said. "It’s a form of protection. China has special treatment. Sometimes the news isn’t given of a new bishop’s ordination and sometimes it is. But if it is, it’s always done through L’Osservatore Romano.”

The ordination of Bishop Jiansen took place on March 30. He replaces Bishop Peter Paul Li Panshi, who died in 2007.

Neither the state-controlled Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association nor the self-described Chinese bishops’ conference acknowledge the authority of the Pope.

An agreement by which bishops in the patriotic association would receive tacit approval from the Vatican appeared to have broken down last year with China's appointment a new bishop in the northern city of Chengde. This was done without Rome's approval.

It’s estimated there are some 6 million Catholics in China, although millions more are worshiping outside the official state-sanctioned Church. The Holy See is currently concluding a three day meeting, entitled the Vatican Commission for the Church in China, which is being held to discuss the state of Catholicism in that country.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Gen 1:1-2:2
Gospel:: Mt 28:1-10

Saint of the Day

Blessed James Oldo »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: