China says Vatican very rude

2011-07-25 22:12

Beijing - China said the Vatican's threats to excommunicate two Catholic bishops ordained without papal approval were "extremely unreasonable and rude", state media said on Monday.

"The threats of excommunication have severely hurt the feelings of Chinese Catholics and made its members feel sad," the State Administration for Religious Affairs was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency saying.

The administration added that the threats against bishops Huang Bingzhang and Lei Shiyin were "extremely unreasonable and rude".

Huang was ordained as a bishop in the city of Shantou in the southern province of Guangdong earlier this month while Lei was ordained in the southwestern province of Sichuan in June, Xinhua said.

The Vatican has been locked in a bitter struggle with Beijing in recent months over control of the church in China. It says recent ordinations by the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association were carried out without papal approval and are illegitimate.

China's 5.7 million Catholics are increasingly caught between showing allegiance to the state-controlled Catholic church or to the Pope as part of an "underground" church.

In May, the Pope called on all bishops to "refuse to take the path of separation" in spite of "pressure" from the communist authorities.

But China last month announced it would seek to ordain at least 40 bishops "without delay".

  • GerryC - 2011-07-26 08:13

    China should do themsleves a favour and throw out this religion right now, their human rights record is atrocious as it is and now they want to have open season on child molestation by allowing this religion in their back yard.

      Victoria - 2011-07-26 08:46

      Get a life. There have been more cases of child abuse in other major religions than in the Catholic Church, but it would appear it's open season on Catholics. Why don't you just keep your baseless assumptions to yourself instead of parading your ignorance on a public forum!

      Dr Maximus - 2011-07-26 09:08

      Well Said GerryC. We all know that we are definately not made in Gods image. I would not want to leave my creation alone and struggling to survive.

      Badballie - 2011-07-26 10:29

      You miss the point GerryC, the catholic faith has been in chine for years the point is that the chinese government is trying to be God to its people as well as ruler

  • Bontage - 2011-07-26 10:24

    So we have two organisations engaged in thinly-disguised political power-control, arguing about who has the right to control the populace. Sounds like a lose-lose situation to me.

  • Badballie - 2011-07-26 10:28

    China as a communist dictatorship knows no bounds, now they want to be state AND God, Personally I don't have much time for the catholic faith or the "holy roman catholic church" but come on this is a bit much

  • Victoria - 2011-07-27 09:17

    Can you imagine if the Church went in and appointed mayors? Now THAT would be rude!!! Hypocrites.

  • Rider I - 2011-08-02 09:52 Rider i

  • Diaz - 2011-08-11 08:26

    Its due to their lack ok knowloedge of the church that athiests and protestants have to bring up the issues of child abuse, I agree with @Victoria , its only because the church is in the lime light that they blame the Vatican. People who constantly attack the Catholic church are scared of it.

  • 777william - 2011-12-27 12:23

    i was molested when i was about 5 years old,the roman catholic rape cult,should be kicked out of the rest of the world.i converted to JEWS for Jesus,which is the original christian church,no idols,jews dont bow to idols,no prayers to the dead,deuteronomy ch18 v10,11,acts 1v8,to the ends of the eart,the jerusalem church was to go to the ends of the earth,not the roman church,acts ch2v38,39,40.acts ch 2,devout jews from every nation present when the HOLY SPIRIT came,on jewish feast of pentecost,shavuot is hebrew name,same feast.buddhism is a child rape religion,muhhammed married a 6 year old,catholic priest rapes a kid,catholics arrest him,its against catholic laws,,,muhhammed marrys a 6 year old,muhhammed is the muslim hero.muhhammed stinks

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