BEIJING — The
unusually public condemnation of a newly ordained Chinese bishop this
week — in which he was effectively excommunicated and other top Chinese
church officials were warned of “serious” consequences — has aggravated
the already frayed relations between the Holy See and ’s
governing Communist Party as officials here make plans to ordain dozens
more bishops, many without the Vatican’s approval.
The decision to formally announce the rejection of the bishop, the Rev.
Paul Lei Shiyin, of Sichuan Province, came shortly after China’s
state-run Catholic church ignored the Vatican’s objections and went
ahead with Bishop Lei’s ordination ceremony, which was attended by seven
other bishops previously recognized by Rome.
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