Thursday, July 8, 2010

Chinese Government Frees Catholic Bishop: Still Refuses to Accept Government's Authority

[Earth Times] Beijing - China has released a non-state-authorized Catholic bishop from detention after 15 months despite his refusal to accept Beijing's supervision of his religious practice, a US-based Catholic group said Thursday.

Police, religious affairs and local government officials summoned an aide of Jia Zhiguo, the bishop of the unregistered or "underground" Roman Catholic diocese of Zhengding in the northern province of Hebei, to escort Jia home Wednesday, the Cardinal Kung Foundation said.

But before leaving a government office in Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital, Jia told the police and officials that he still did not accept the state's authority over his church and remained loyal to the Vatican, Joseph Kung, the head of the foundation, said in a statement.

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