Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Chinese bishop who led 'underground' Church dies at 94

Catholic World News - November 05, 2013

Bishop Peter Liu Guandong, who was once the primary leader of China’s “underground” Catholic Church, has died at the age of 94.

Bishop Liu, the retired head of the Yixian diocese, was the key figure in setting up a conference of Catholic bishops loyal to Rome. He had spent years in prison, and since 1997 had been living in hiding.

Ordained in 1945, Bishop Liu was arrested in 1955, released after 2 years, then soon imprisoned again for his opposition to the government-controlled Patriotic Association. He was eventually released in 1994 and consigned to house arrest after suffering a crippling stroke, but supporters managed to arrange his escape.

Bishop Liu was succeeded in the Yixian diocese by Bishop Shi Enxiang—who was himself arrested in 2001 and has not been seen in public since that time.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($14,637 to go):
$35,000.00 $20,362.73
42% 58%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 05, 2013 7:18 PM ET USA

    This might be what we'll have to do in a few years, go underground.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Our Spiritual Destiny and the Horror of War 22 hours ago
The Islamic roots of terrorism must be addressed September 19
Each of us is destined to marry Jesus Christ September 18
From simple husband to ascetical priest September 18
St. Augustine's warning to pastors September 18

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18