Beijing (AP) — China’s state-controlled Catholic church says it will move swiftly to appoint new bishops in dioceses where there are none, in a step that is certain to worsen frictions with the Vatican.
Filling the more than 40 empty bishop’s seats is an urgent task because the vacancies are causing serious problems in the handling of church affairs, the official Xinhua News Agency quoted a spokesman for the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association as saying on Thursdsay.
Bishops must be selected and ordained in an “active and prudent” way, based on national conditions and pastoral and evangelizing work, Yang was quoted as saying.
China doesn’t have any diplomatic ties with the Vatican, and the authoritarian government claims the right to appoint bishops in defiance of the Holy See’s insistence that only it has the authority to do so.
The next ordination of an bishop not endorsed by Rome could come within a week…