Chinese bishop may face excommunication

Consecrated without papal approval
Relations between China and the Vatican continue to fray after the Holy See threatened to excommunicate a Chinese bishop recently consecrated without papal approval.

A Vatican statement issued November 2 condemned the consecration of Wang Renlei of the Xuzhou diocese in eastern China as a “laceration of the ecclesial communion.”

The statement invoked a section of canon law according to which the bishop and those who assisted in his consecration face the penalty of excommunication if “the act was completed in conditions of true freedom” —a caveat implying that Wang may have been pressed into accepting the consecration and, if so, would not be excommunicated.


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