Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Holy See: "surprise and regret" over installation of Chinese Bishop which did not take place in conformity with the Provisional Agreement

  CHINA Underground Bishop Peng Weizhao becomes official in Jiangxi

The Holy See took note "with surprise and regret" of the news of the “installation ceremony” that took place on November 24, in Nanchang of "His Exc. Msgr. Giovanni Peng Weizhao, Bishop of Yujiang (Jiangxi Province) as ‘Auxiliary Bishop of Jiangxi’, a diocese not recognized by the Holy See".

"This event", reads the statement of the Holy See released today, November 26, "has not taken place in conformity with the spirit of dialogue that exists between the Vatican parties and the Chinese parties and what was stipulated in the Provisional Agreement on the Appointment of Bishops of 22 September 2018. 

Furthermore - the text of the statement continues - "the civil recognition of Bishop Peng was preceded, according to the news received, by prolonged and intense pressure by the local Authorities".

The Holy See - the statement concludes - "hopes that similar episodes will not be repeated, and awaits appropriate communications on the matter from the Authorities and reaffirms its full willingness to continue the respectful dialogue concerning all the issues of common interest".