The Vatican says it was saddened that the ordination of two new Chinese bishops — consecrated with the approval of both China and the Holy See — was marred by the presence of an illegitimate bishop.
In a statement, the Vatican said the presence of
Mgr Lei Shiyin of Leshan “created unease for the two involved and
turmoil among Chinese Catholics.”
Lei is one of several Chinese bishops who have been ordained without
the Pope’s consent.
The dispute over bishop nominations is the most
vexing stumbling block preventing the re-establishment of diplomatic
In the statement, the Vatican said it was also awaiting the outcome
of an assembly of the official Chinese Catholic Church and said it hoped
it would give locals confidence in the Vatican-China dialogue.