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Another Chinese bishop ordained with Vatican approval

Catholic World News - April 21, 2010

For the second time in less that a week, a Catholic bishop has been consecrated in China with the approval of the Holy See.

Bishop Shen Bin was ordained for the Haimen diocese on April 21. Just three days earlier Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu had been ordained for Hohhot. The two ceremonies broke a pattern of long delays in obtaining the Beijing government's permission for episcopal ordinations.

The appointment of bishops has been a key point of contention between the Vatican and the Chinese government. Beijing does not officially recognize the authority of the Holy See to name bishops for Chinese dioceses, but in recent months has acceded to the naming of bishops approved by the Vatican. Four bishops participated in the April 21 consecration of Bishop Shen; all but one are in communion with the Holy See.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Apr. 21, 2010 7:44 PM ET USA

    The term "consecrated" for a bishop is no longer used by the Catholic Church. The term "ordained" is exclusively used for elevation to the episcopacy. There are good theological reasons for this usage.

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