Chinese schism resolved?
This article appeared recently in '30 Days.'
For the first time since the founding of the People's Republic, two bishops have been ordained with the assent of the government after making public the nominations received from the Pope.
The fact was known in the circles of the Congregation of Propaganda Fide that letters written in Latin by old bishops were reaching the Holy See through trusted people, which asked the Holy Father for forgiveness and begged to be recognized as in full communion with the successor of Peter, giving as the reason for their actions the desire to save the salvable and not leave the flock without shepherds.
This was fascinating to me, as I had been under the assumption that the bishops of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) were invalid. The Cardinal Kung Foundation, which has a strong media presence and lobbies on behalf of persecuted 'underground' Catholics in China, has been claiming this for some time, and appears quite upset at the Vatican for its attempts at courtship with the CCPA. Secret negotions have apparently been going on for some time, in order to establish and secure the canonical legitimacy of the CCPA, which, according to the headline article, appears to now be secured. Obviously for groups like the Cardinal Kung Foundation, this courtship can only result in more of this and this. In the absence of any real documentation provided by the Holy See, I'm inclined to be suspicious that things are really this neat and clean. Anyone know of any resources in this direction?
# posted by Jamie : 1:18 PM