Friday, March 24, 2006

Desiring full Communion

Chinese bishops want Vatican approval

Rome, Mar. 24 ( - Despite heavy pressure from the Beijing government, new bishops of the "official" Church in China want to be in full communion with the Holy See, Cardinal Joseph Zen told reporters in Rome on March 24.

After receiving his red hat from Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) at a morning consistory, Cardinal Zen spoke to the Italian RAI television network about conditions facing the Church in China. Although the government-controlled "Catholic Patriotic Association" claims the authority to appoint bishops, he said, the bishops "will not agree to be ordained without permission" from Rome-- although the government usually will not allow them to acknowledge the Vatican approval.