Shanghai (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Aloyisius Jin Luxian, official bishop of Shanghai died today at 2.46 pm local time. The prelate, one of the most important personalities of the Chinese Church, was 97 years old and had been ill for a long time. In recent months he had been hospitalized and no one was allowed to visit him.
A highly controversial personality, often accused of being "too patriotic" and friendly with the regime, Msgr. Jin, who was a Jesuit, contributed to the development of the Church in a decisive way. Several years ago he was reconciled with the Pope and the Holy See considered him the "auxiliary" bishop of Shanghai. The ordinary bishop was Msgr. Joseph Fan Zhongliang, who is also very old and sick.
The diocese of Shanghai has not yet set a date for the funeral. According to AsiaNews sources the government has been long preparing for such a ceremony, especially from the point of view of who should preside. For the Holy See, in fact, the liturgy by right should be celebrated by Msgr. Thaddeus Ma Daqin, ordained on July 7. But after having decided to leave the Patriotic Association, Bishop Ma was put in solitary confinement in Sheshan seminary. According to unconfirmed reports in recent days Msgr. Ma has been removed from the diocese, perhaps to impede his participation in Msgr. Jin's funeral.
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The bishop of Shantou, Huang Bingzhang, illegitimately ordained and officially excommunicated by the Holy See in 2011, was appointed as a new member of the NPA.
Three other illegitimate bishops were chosen for the CPPCC: Ma Yinglin of Kunmin, president of the so-called "Chinese Bishops 'Conference" [not recognized by the Holy See]; Zhan Silu of Mindong, Vice-President of the Conference itself; Lei Shiyin of Leshan, vice-president of' Patriotic Association. Lei was also officially excommunicated by the Holy See in 2011.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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Bishop Zhang, who died in his home village of Shilin, was the Apostolic Administrator of three church districts south of Yunnan: Kunming, Dali and Zhaotong.
In 2006 the Communist regime has been on a collision course with the Vatican and recently on its own and without the approval of the Pope its own Bishop loyal to the regime in Kunming. The unjustly consecrated Ma Yinglin drew an excommunication upon himself immediately. Subsequently the Communist Party in china has promoted him to become the President of the Council for China's Bishops. The Council, not being recognized by Rome, is true to the regime in opposition to the Bishops Conference which is loyal to Rome.
Despite the support from the regime for the loyal Patriotic Union, Ma Yinglin is avoided by the Catholic Faithful. Where ever he goes out in public, Catholics leave and refuse to receive the Sacraments from him.
Bishop Zhang belongs to the underground Church. Till his life's end he lived under strict police surveillance. His life was that "typical" of the Martyrs to Communism. Born in 1920 in a Catholic family, he went to Catholic schools. In 1946 he was ordained a priest by Bishop Alexandre Derouineau. Msgr Derouineau was expelled by the Communist takeover of China in 1952.
Msgr Zhang served next at the Cathedral Church in his home Diocese. In 1953 he had to give up his pastoral activity during the Maoist persecutions and became a rabbit and chicken farmer. in the underground he continued to work as a priest and cared for hidden Christians.
In 1958 Msgr Zhang was imprisoned during the Communist campaign, "Agains the Reaction" and condemned to 20 years of imprisonment. Under the cynical motto "Reeducation Through Work", the priest passed his period of forced labor in a concentration camp till 1982. Till 1987 he was recognized as a pries t by the state and worked openly as a clergyman again.
The Church of Yunnan numbers around 60.000 Catholics. The majority belong to ethnic minorities. Since the expulsion of Bishop Derouineau in 1952, the See has been officially vacant. The government has prevented since then the appointment of Bishops by Rome. Instead, the Communist regime installed its own loyal Bishops in 1962, without the agreement or recognition by the Pope. Msgr Kong Lingzhong usurped the Bishop's See till his death in 1992. Since 2006 Ma Yinglin has unjustly occupied the Bishop's See. The Holy See has since named underground Bishops for the vacant Diocese, which are occupied by a standing persecution.
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Text: Asianews/Giuseppe Nardi
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Vatican has recognized men who've been the Communist regime's Bishops for years. In public, the supposed warming of relations to fat cats was bought in Peking. The faithful will pay the bill.
[kreuz.net, Hong Kong] The Emeritus Bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen, has openly criticized the communist-friendly China-politic of the Vatican's Congregation of Missions on 'AsiaNews'.
The text is a copy of an article by a Father Jeroom Heyndrickx, where the Cardinal draws a question mark about the middleman between the Communists and the Congregation of Missions.
The Vatican in the Service of the Church's Enemies
Cardinal Zen said that he was a sinner at the beginning of his article: "But I would add to my many sins -- if I were like a dog who did not bark when the time was right for it."
The Prince of the Church insists that he will speak out against the aims of the Vatican and the Chinese Communists.
But for all that will awake the impression, that it is not so and their purpose has been discovered.
Then the Cardinal demystified the mythos of the Chinese communists' mutually recognized Bishops.
These proceedings will serve the aims of the Communist party.
A Dog on the Leash
Cardinal Zen says that the Bishops of the official state "Patriotic Union" are "slaves, or, even worse; as dogs on a leash".
The Bishops of the regime named by the Vatican are according to him "modern false prophets". They travel -- says Cardinal Zen -- happily on the imperial caravan of the independent church and call out from time to time, "Long live the Pope".
Then the Communist government supervises the state Bishops. These will only hear and obey.
They must depart from meetings, without knowing, where the journey begins.
They were invited to meetings, without knowing the subject.
They must hold speeches, without having seen the text beforehand.
The methods of persecution have improved.
Today the victims are invited to dinner, city tours and awards.
One is certain, however, to respect their freedom of conscience.
But Cardinal Zen knows, that the promises of Communists mean nothing.
For according to the left, "Lies are a legitimate means, to reach your goal".