Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $38,021 to go. Please donate!
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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,046 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,953.70
83% 17%
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!

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal 23 hours ago
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? October 22
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21
A chaotic synod? Not in its results October 21
Cardinal Kasper's unsubtle threat October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6