Saturday, July 23, 2011

Chinese Government Ordains 7 More Bishops

g papal approval. By GILLIAN WONG Associated Press BEIJING —China's state-controlled Catholic church is considering ordaining seven more bishops, a senior official said Friday, in spite of a deepening rift with the Vatican over recent elevations lacking papal approval. China last week named a third bishop in eight months without the approval of the Holy See, which has escalated tensions. The Vatican insists the pope has sole right to appoint bishops, but Beijing's Communist leaders see that position as foreign interference. China's bishops' council is considering seven candidates who were chosen through local bishops' elections, said Liu Bainian, honorary president of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which runs China's Catholic churches.

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