Chinese Bishops Face Excommunication For Unapproved Ordination

"The head of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and other bishops previously in communion with the Pope are facing excommunication for ordaining a bishop without Vatican approval.

'Fr. Lei Shiyin, ordained without the papal mandate and hence illegitimately, has no authority to govern the diocesan Catholic community,' the Vatican said in a July 4 communique, adding, 'and the Holy See does not recognize him as the bishop of the Diocese of Leshan.'

The Vatican press office stated that the Leshan ordination had 'deeply saddened the Holy Father, who wishes to send to the beloved faithful in China a word of encouragement and hope, inviting them to prayer and unity.'"
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