September 21, 2007

PAPIST R. C.:

China appoints pro-Vatican bishop (Peter Walker, September 21, 2007, Guardian Unlimited)

China took a significant step towards improving its traditionally turbulent links with the Vatican today with the consecration of a new bishop of Beijing who is widely believed to have the formal support of the Pope. [...]

Bishop Li made no reference to the Vatican or Pope Benedict at today's ceremony, vowing instead to lead the Beijing diocese "in adhering to the nation's constitution, maintaining national unification and social stability".

However, unlike his predecessor - the fiercely anti-Vatican Fu Tieshan, who died in April - Bishop Li is known to have the approval of papal officials, who praised his appointment when it was announced.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2007 12:00 AM
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