Thursday, May 4, 2006

Communist Bishops Excommunicated

When a Bishop consecrates another Bishop without a Vatican mandate of approval, this will incur a 'latae sententiae' excommunication. Basically they excommunicated themselves. The Communist government in China makes the selection of their own bishops contrary to what the Vatican wishes. This shows how insecure the communist Chinese authorities are about themselves. The Vatican understands that the bishops involved in the consecration were forced to do this under extreme duress. So they themselves are not subject to the penalties of canon law. For a more detailed explanation of canon law in relation to the Red Chinese excommunications click here.


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