Communist Party tightens grip on naming Chinese bishops

Observers say a new ruling from the Chinese government is aimed at giving the government-backed Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church control over the election of bishops.

Under the new ruling, a diocese has to seek agreement from the Beijing-based BCCCC and religious affairs bureau to begin the process of electing and ordaining a new bishop.

It also stipulates that bishops must support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party and its socialist system.

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