With an eye on China, Vatican issues new bishops’ policy

Vatican City Catholics forced to participate in ordinations of bishop’s with out the pope’s approval may be exempt from the usual penalty of automatic excommunication.All of those excommunicated are there after forbidden to celebrate Mass,administer or receive any Catholic sacraments.Although the statement refers to no specific cases,it is most clearly relevant to the ongoing struggle between the Catholic Church and the Government of China.Where a state-controlled official catholic Church competes with an “underground” Church loyal to Rome.

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With an eye on China, Vatican issues new bishops’ policy

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