Holy See reiterates no China episcopal ordinations authorised

(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, has clarified the Vatican has not authorised any episcopal ordinations in Continental China.

“Should such episcopal ordinations have occurred, they would constitute a grave violation of canonical norms,” Burke said in a statement.

He reiterated “it is not licit to proceed with any episcopal ordination without the necessary Papal Mandate, even by appealing to particular personal beliefs.”

 

Declaration of the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, concerning the  purported episcopal ordinations without the Pontifical Mandate in Continental China:

 

“In recent weeks, there has been a series of reports regarding some episcopal ordinations

conferred without Papal Mandate of priests of the unofficial community of the Catholic Church

in Continental China.  The Holy See has not authorised any ordination, nor has it been officially informed of such  events. Should such episcopal ordinations have occurred, they would constitute a grave violation  of canonical norms. The Holy See hopes that such reports are baseless. If not, it will have to await reliable  information and sure documentation before adequately evaluating the cases. However, it is  reiterated that it is not licit to proceed with any episcopal ordination without the necessary  Papal Mandate, even by appealing to particular personal beliefs”.

7 November 2016

(from Vatican Radio)

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