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
Illicit bishop ordains priests in Leshan
Two episcopal ordinations in Harbin, Shanghai postponedThe illicit ordination of Bishop Paul Lei Shiyin of Leshan on June 29, 2011
- ucanews.com reporter, Leshan
- June 29, 2012
Bishop Paul Lei Shiyin of Leshan ordained the four new priests today, the first anniversary of his own ordination which was conducted without a papal mandate and resulted in his automatic excommunication.
The ceremony also fell on the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, one of the most important feast days of the Catholic Church which venerates the martyrdom in Rome of the two great apostles.
According to local Church sources, five deacons were supposed to be ordained in Leshan but one refused to receive ordination from the excommunicated bishop.
The other four deacons agreed to be ordained after the diocese allegedly promised them a car and money worth an estimated 150,000 yuan (US$23,600), the sources said.
Elsewhere, episcopal ordinations in Harbin and Shanghai, which were scheduled to take place┬áthis week, have been postponed.
Both bishop candidates, Fathers Joseph Yue Fusheng and Thaddeus Ma Daqin, belong to the government-sanctioned ÔÇťopenÔÇŁ Church community and hold posts in the local and national Catholic Patriotic Associations.
The reasons for the postponements are not clear to most Catholics in the two dioceses, but sources said the ordinations will go ahead no later than mid-July.
Researchers who asked not to be named suggested that authorities have delayed the ordinations to avoid more protests in Hong Kong, where pressure has been mounting, during President Hu Jintao's three-day visit that began today.
Fr Yue had been warned by the Holy See not to receive ordination in Harbin,┬á as he does not have a papal mandate. But the sources say they believe Chinese authorities will press ahead with the ordination.
In Shanghai the ordination of Fr Ma, who is approved by the pope will include the participation of an illegitimate bishop at the behest of the government, according to the sources.
Illegitimate bishops were also present at two other ordinations of Vatican-approved bishops in Changsha and Nanchong this year.
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