The participation of an excommunicated bishop in the ordination of a new bishop last week was “a slap in the face of the Holy Father,” says Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong Kong.
Cardinal Zen referred to the November 30 ordination of Bishop Joseph
Tang Yuange for the Chengdu diocese.
The ordination ceremony took place
with approval of both the Vatican and the Holy See.
But against the
wishes of the faithful in Chengdu, Bishop Lei Shiyin of Leshan, who has
been excommunicated after being appointed without a Vatican mandate,
joined in the ceremony.
The determination of government officials to ensure the
excommunicated bishop’s involvement shows that the Beijing regime is not
ready to accept the Vatican’s authority to appoint bishops, Cardinal
Zen said. “After such a long dialogue, they still show no kindness
toward the authority of the Pope.”
The Chinese cardinal has consistently argued that the Vatican must
not yield to Beijing’s demands for control over the appointment of new