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Loyal Chinese Catholics oppose plans to ordain new bishop in defiance of Rome

Catholic World News - June 13, 2012

Loyal Catholics in Harbin, China, are engaged in a campaign of prayer and fasting in a last-minute bid to stop the illicit ordination of a new bishop without approval from the Vatican.

Catholics in Harbin insist that “no one wants this ordination,” the AsiaNews service reports. But the Catholic Patriotic Association is pressing forward with plans to installed Father Joseph Yue Fusheng as bishop on June 29. The Vatican has warned that bishops who are ordained without a mandate from the Holy See can incur the penalty of excommunication—as can the bishops who ordain them and others who participate in the ceremony.

Father Yue is one of three vice-presidents of the Patriotic Association. The other two have already been ordained as bishops, in each case without Vatican approval. Last year Chinese officials had announced plans for the episcopal ordination of Father Yue, but were forced to postpone the ceremony indefinitely because of opposition from loyal Catholics—and, reportedly, from Father Yue himself.

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