Arab Today, arab today vatican\s ties with beijing suffer fresh setback
Last Updated : GMT 03:55:19
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Vatican\'s ties with Beijing suffer fresh setback

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Vatican\'s ties with Beijing suffer fresh setback

Vatican City - AFP

Ties between the Vatican and Beijing have been fraught further with the Holy See excommunicating a Chinese bishop and threats by the China\'s state-run Church to continue defying Pope Benedict XVI. China\'s 5.7 million Catholics are increasingly caught between showing allegiance to the Patriotic Catholic Association or to the pope as part of an \"underground\" Church not recognised by the authorities. The Vatican on Monday confirmed the excommunication of Paul Lei Shiyin, who it said had been ordained \"illegitimately\" last week in Sichuan province in the presence of seven bishops who are recognised by the Holy See. Lei Shiyin \"has no authority to govern the diocesan Catholic community, and the Holy See does not recognise him,\" a statement said. The seven bishops had \"exposed themselves to serious canonical sanctions\" that could even lead to excommunication, though Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi suggested to AFP there may have been mitigating circumstances. The Holy See said \"an episcopal ordination without Papal mandate is directly opposed to the spiritual role of the Supreme Pontiff and damages the unity of the Church,\" as well as \"deeply saddening\" Pope Benedict XVI. \"If the church in China wants to be Catholic, it must respect the doctrine and discipline of the Church,\" it said. Unlike the modus vivendi the Vatican has achieved with other communist countries, the pope and China have never found common ground. \"This excommunication shows up great disenchantment\" on Benedict XVI\'s part, Vatican specialist Marco Politi said, adding that the pope was doubly frustrated after having \"reached out\" to the regime in 2007 to try and improve ties. The Holy See had promised bishops from China\'s official Church that they would be recognised if they accepted the pope\'s supremacy. While some took the plunge, Vatican experts believe others continue to be attracted by the advantages offered by the official Church. One of the difficulties the Vatican faces is the regime\'s \"constantly fluctuating\" attitude, Politi said. The Vatican had hoped China would guarantee religious freedom while opening up its economy. Beijing had initially agreed to postpone new bishop ordinations but its attitude hardened again in 2010. Tensions arose after a bishop was ordained without permission in Chengde in northern China last November. In December, the Vatican complained that the National Assembly of Catholic Representatives had \"imposed\" itself on \"numerous bishops, priests, religious and faithful people.\" The pope then launched an anguished appeal on May 18 calling on all bishops to \"refuse to take the path of separation,\" in spite of \"pressure\" from the communist authorities. But the Patriotic Catholic Association went announced at the end June that it hoped to ordinate 40 bishops, adding that it was \"the best way to spread the gospel in China.\" Despite the alligiance of many Catholics to the Vatican, the Holy See has watched worriedly as the state-run Church appears to enjoy great success. Savio Hon Tai Fai, the Chinese deputy head of the Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples, said it showed a \"certain weakness inside the Chinese Church. \"An ambitious priest, one keen to make a career for himself, can be well looked upon by the government,\" he said.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today vatican\s ties with beijing suffer fresh setback Arab Today, arab today vatican\s ties with beijing suffer fresh setback

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today vatican\s ties with beijing suffer fresh setback Arab Today, arab today vatican\s ties with beijing suffer fresh setback

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today Airbus CEO says won't cling to job

GMT 06:52 2017 Monday ,16 October

Airbus CEO says won't cling to job
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today 'Final phase' of battle for Raqa

GMT 03:47 2017 Monday ,16 October

'Final phase' of battle for Raqa
Arab Today, arab today Iran's Facebook shuts down

GMT 23:50 2017 Monday ,16 October

Iran's Facebook shuts down
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Sidem reveals plan to improve education

GMT 15:52 2017 Friday ,06 October

Sidem reveals plan to improve education
Arab Today, arab today British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman
Arab Today, arab today India to close colonial-era military farms

GMT 18:49 2017 Monday ,16 October

India to close colonial-era military farms
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs

GMT 10:53 2017 Sunday ,15 October

Britain's Vauxhall to cut 400 jobs
Arab Today, arab today Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars

GMT 08:17 2017 Friday ,13 October

Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
Arab Today, arab today Safaa Sultan happy for “Love School”

GMT 10:55 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Safaa Sultan happy for “Love School”
Arab Today, arab today Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's

GMT 12:02 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Conservation cutbacks put Brazil's

GMT 10:19 2017 Wednesday ,11 October

Bosy reveals behind her participation in festival

GMT 10:37 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Cara Delevingne accuses Weinstein

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha

GMT 10:20 2017 Thursday ,12 October

Chad extends key conservation area

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 12:25 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Squeeze on UK health gives advanced

GMT 07:16 2017 Friday ,13 October

Lufthansa to swallow lion's share

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 03:59 2017 Sunday ,15 October

US mobile carriers Sprint, T-Mobile to merge

GMT 11:37 2017 Saturday ,12 August

Fashion designer reveals her new collection
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday