Bishop helps with ordination, concelebrates mass despite being excommunicated

A Bishop who has been excommunicated gave “illegitimate help” and concelebrated the Eucharist at a new bishop’s ordination last week.

Lei Shiyin, the Chinese- government-backed bishop of Leshan in Sichuan province, was ordained in China in June 2011 without Rome’s blessing.

He was excommunicated for this.

The Vatican is concerned Lei’s role in last week’s the ordination could upset delicate negotiations with the Chinese government about selecting and ordaining bishops. Read more


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