Wenzhou bishop prevented from presiding at funeral
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Security officials take bishop on 'gardening leave,' photos on social media show him in far-flung province
The funeral rites for Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang of Wenzhou were held at the small hilltop church in Ma'ao village in Yongjia county on Sept. 13. (Photo supplied)
ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
September 13, 2016
The new bishop of Wenzhou, China's most Christian city, was taken away by security officials on "gardening leave" to prevent him from presiding at the funeral of his predecessor, Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, who died Sept. 7 at age 89.
"Gardening leave" is a British euphemism whereby an employee who is leaving a job (having resigned or been made redundant) is instructed to stay away from work during the notice period, while still remaining on the payroll. In this case the clergy will return to work.
Coadjutor Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin, who has Vatican recognition but is not endorsed by the Chinese government, was one of four clergy taken away from their diocese in eastern Zhejiang province more than a week ago when the health of Bishop Zhu turned critical.
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