Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Harbin illicit ordination this week
Official Church supports candidate, accuses Vatican of sowing discord among China Catholics
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- July 3, 2012
News of the ordination began to spread in recent days, though local priests say they have no information about which bishops might be involved, the sources added.
Reports of the ordination follow strong words issued by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Bishopsâ Conference of the Catholic Church in China yesterday.
The response, made in an article published on the groupsâ website, was provoked by remarks made by Archbishop Savio Hon, secretary of the Vaticanâs Congregation of the Evangelization of Peoples, in which he described illicit ordinations in China as âsacrilegious.â
The author of the article, identified with the penname Peter, described Archbishop Honâs remarks as ânot conducive to the solidarity of the China Church.â
The article further noted that in an interview two weeks ago Archbishop Hon described Fr Yue as someone who âcares for the Church and fidelity to the Lord."
It added: âThen why does the Holy See not approve him?â
Many Catholics have criticized the article after it began circulating on the internet, with some suggesting it intentionally aimed at insulting Rome by the use of the penname Peter.
Amid ongoing tensions between Beijing and Rome, further trouble has been brewing for local Catholics, sources say.
A young priest ordained last year and who has resisted illicit ordinations has gone missing and is suspected to have been âdisappearedâ by authorities, sources said.
They add that another priest reportedly left Heilongjiang to join another diocese recently, compelling some lay faithful to turn to the âundergroundâ Church to attend Mass.
The Vatican-approved Bishop Paul Pei Junmin of Shenyang (Liaoning) was called to a meeting in Beijing last week and has not been heard from since, the sources said.
Meanwhile, the ordination of Coadjutor Bishop-elect Thaddeus Ma Daqin in Shanghai is set to take place on July 7. Sources say that Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu of Mindong, illicitly ordained in 2000, will participate.
Repeated attempts by ucanews.com to reach Fr Yue and Fr Ma in recent weeks have been unsuccessful.
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