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
New Shanghai bishop to leave CPA posts
Tells congregation at ordination today he will devote his time to ministryLay Catholics kiss Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqinâ€™s ring after his ordination today in Shanghai
- ucanews.com reporter, Shanghai
- July 7, 2012
â€śAfter todayâ€™s ordination, I would devote every effort to episcopal ministry. It is inconvenient for me to serve the CPA post anymore,â€ť he told the congregation at his ordination ceremony in Shanghai todoay.
Bishop Ma is the first â€śopenâ€ť bishop in recent years to announce publicly during an episcopal ordination his intention to give up his offices in the CPA â€“ vice chair of the Shanghai CPA and member of the standing committee of the national CPA.
Pope Benedict XVIâ€™s letter to the Church in China in 2007 stated that the aim of the CPA was incompatible with Catholic doctrine.
About 1,000 people in St. Ignatiusâ€™ Cathedral responded him with long and thunderous applause.
â€śHe needs to have much courage to speak these words as there are many government officials present. These words are not spoken to Catholics but to the officials,â€ť said one attendee of the ordination.
Further declaring that he was â€śordained as an auxiliary,â€ť the new bishop also said: â€śBecause of special reasons, many diocesan priests and nuns did not come here. I love you so much. You are my strength.â€ť
The Holy See appointed Bishop Ma as auxiliary bishop but the Chinese government recognized him as â€ścoadjutor.â€ť
About 30 priests concelebrated the ordination Mass but only a dozen were local priests.
Most of the 86 priests of Shanghaiâ€™s â€śopenâ€ť Church community decided to follow their conscience and avoided concelebrating with an illicit bishop that was present, sources said.
Only Coadjutor Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai, the main celebrant, put on his mitre. He and two co-ordainers â€“ the Vatican-approved Bishops Joseph Xu Honggen of Suzhou and Joseph Shen Bin of Haimen â€“ laid their hands on Bishop Maâ€™s head during the rite.
Bishop Shen has not written any explanation to the Holy See on his participation in last yearâ€™s illicit ordination in Shantou, a source close to the Vatican said.
Three other participating prelates â€“ Bishop Joseph Cai Bingrui of Xiamen, Bishop John Baptist Li Suguang of Nanchang and the illicitly ordained Bishop Vincent Zhan Silu of Mindong â€“ did not lay hands on Bishop Ma.
Before the ordination began, about 30 diocesan priests gathered at the chapel of Bishopâ€™s House adjacent to the cathedral to witness the reading out of the appointment of the Holy See and Bishop Maâ€™s profession of faith.
Some priests who did not enter the cathedral told ucanews.com they were pleasantly surprised by Bishop Maâ€™s speech and Bishop Zhan not laying on hands.
Bishop Maâ€™s â€śperformance is quite good. At least he does not disappoint the priests who did not come today,â€ť one of them said, adding that â€śwe priests support him to unite us.â€ť
At least two priests were taken away at the subway exit or held in his room before the ordination began this morning, sources said, noting that government officials feared they would disturb the ceremony.
Fr Yue illicitly ordained in Harbin
Shanghai ordination confuses Catholics