Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin

August 20, 2012

Chinese Father Joseph Yue Fusheng has been automatically excommunicated for allowing himself to be illicitly ordained a bishop despite repeated warnings from the Vatican.

“The Holy See does not recognize him as bishop of the apostolic administration of Harbin, and he lacks the authority to govern the priests and the Catholic community in the province of Heilongjiang,” the Vatican said in a written statement July 10.

Yue was ordained bishop of Harbin July 6 without papal mandate.

The Vatican also praised the licit ordination of the new auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, who reportedly was taken away by authorities after his July 7 ordination and whose whereabouts remain unknown.

Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai has been restricted by the government after giving up his role in the government-approved Catholic Patriotic Association.