Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Chinese bishop under house arrest for refusing to concelebrate with government-appointed bishop

Catholic World News - April 08, 2010

A Chinese bishop is under house arrest because he objected to concelebrating Mass with an excommunicated prelate.

Bishop Matthias Du Jiang of Bameng, in Mongolia, has been serving the underground Church for 6 years after his episcopal consecration-- which was done in secret, without approval from the state-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association. He was finally recognized by the government, with installation services today. But he was promptly placed under house arrest because he balked at officials' order to concelebrate the Eucharistic liturgy with Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin. Bishop Ma Yinglin was excommunicated in 2006 when he participated in an episcopal ordination ceremony without Vatican approval.

Bishop Du was compelled to go through with the ceremony, but announced to the congregation that he was concelebrating against his will. He was quickly restricted to his residence.

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 June expenses ($11,894 to go):
$35,000.00 $23,106.23
34% 66%
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 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: gerard9864 - Apr. 08, 2010 6:40 PM ET USA

    If we are prone to the occasional doubts about our faith and our Church, then we should ask ourselves why this vast Communist dictatorship that today wields so much power over its people and indirectly over the entire world, could even begin to care what a pathetically tiny body of Catholics and a handful of benign bishops are doing and saying. Those heroic Chinese bishops continue to suffer so that we may be confirmed in our faith.

  • Posted by: Gaudete802 - Apr. 08, 2010 5:35 PM ET USA

    God Bless Bishop Du Jiang and may he raise up ever more fearless bishops for His Church in China and the entire world. That's what we lack in so many diocese, fearless bishops who will proclaim the truth and act against ciminals and dissenters without hesitation or shillyshallying. Lord, make all our bishops be bishops!

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

Recent Catholic Commentary

The political outlook after Obergefell 5 hours ago
Good news/bad news on the Vatican PR overhaul 8 hours ago
So now is it 'hate speech' to deplore the Obergefell decision? 9 hours ago
Acedia and the Unbearable Lightness of Being 22 hours ago
Is Western Politics Dead? June 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope approves process for holding bishops accountable in abuse cases CWN - June 10
Pope Francis’ 2nd encyclical released (includes link to full text) CWN - June 18
US Supreme Court rules all states must recognize same-sex marriage CWN - June 26
Archbishop Nienstedt, auxiliary bishop resign CWN - June 15
Cardinal Kasper: Pope never approved my proposal CWN - June 4