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Leshan diocese in southwestern Sichuan province is reportedly scheduled to hold its episcopal ordination on June 29, the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul.
Various Church sources said they have been informed of the ordination while Leshan diocese said the date is still undecided.
A Church source close to the Vatican said the Leshan candidate is not approved and “canonically cannot be approved in future.”
The reason is very well known to him and to many priests and bishops close to him. Even top leaders of the government-sanctioned bishops’ conference are aware of the gravity of the case and it is very strange they authorize such violations of Church traditions and canons, he said.
“We hope the open Church authority in China will investigate more about the suitability of these candidates and, for the good of the Church, avoid another illicit ordination in the future. They should not use the excuse of pastoral care or evangelization to fill in new leaders, or to use Church matters to reach some other goals without looking at Church principles,” he said.