Vatican condemns illegitimate ordinations in China
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If reports of China's new self-styled 'bishops' are true, it would constitute 'a grave violation of canonical norms'
Pope Francis with the Vatican's spokesman Greg Burke during the pope's flight from Rome to Malmo for a two days visit in Sweden, on Oct. 31. Burke has said that the Vatican is concerned about reports of unauthorized ordinations of bishops in the underground church in China. (Photo by AFP)
The Holy See has broken its silence on the unauthorized ordinations of bishops in the underground church in China and condemned such ceremonies once again as being illegitimate in the church.
Greg Burke, the spokesman for the Holy See, advised ucanews.com that the Vatican has not authorized any bishop ordinations in China so far this year
On Oct.7 uncanews.com broke the news that Father Paul Dong Guanhua of Zhengding in northern Hebei province installed himself as the bishop of the diocese on Sept. 11 and "had ordained" another priest as "bishop."
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