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Excommunicated Chinese bishop.

Paul Lei Shi-Yin, who was excommunicated by the Vatican in 2011 when he was ordained a bishop without the Pope's approval and in defiance of the Holy Sees instructions of June 29, 2011, has committed a "sacrilege" by ordaining four new priests on June 29, 2012, in southwestern China. He is the first Chinese priest to be publicly declared excommunicated by the Holy See since 1976, the end of the Cultural Revolution. "It is a sacrilege for him to receive and to administer any sacrament" and "no faithful layperson, not to speak of the clergy, should be involved in any act of sacrilege" (Vatican Insider, July 5, 2012). One of the deacons who was to be ordained a priest by Shi-Yin refused to participate.

The candidate to be coadjutor bishop of Shanghai, Fr. Thaddeus Ma Daquin, has received papal approval of his appointment. China is planning to ordain another bishop in July in Harbin without the approval of Pope Benedict.
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Title Annotation:CHINA; Paul Lei Shi-Yin
Publication:Catholic Insight
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9CHIN
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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