Msgr. Guo Xijin: Persecution is preferable to joining the Patriotic Association | 6/19/2019 | Staff
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Rome (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Vincenzo Guo Xijin, auxiliary bishop of Mindong (Fujian), is willing to suffer persecution along with other underground priests, rather than join the Patriotic Association (PA) or force his priests to join. This has been confirmed to AsiaNews by diocesan sources who add that the situation was a "pilot project" for the implementation of the Sino-Vatican agreement.

Following the agreement and the lifting of the excommunication of the official bishop of the diocese, Msgr. Vincenzo Zhan Silu, at the request of Pope Francis, Msgr. Guo accepted to be demoted to auxiliary bishop to leave the ordinary see to Msgr. Zhan.

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As Msgr. Guo was recognized only by the Holy See, the United Front and the religious affairs office made him sign a paper in which he would pledge obedience to the new bishop, but above all submission to the laws of the country and adherence to the principles of "independence" of the Church and the PA.

However, Bishop Guo signed a document in which he accepted obedience to the bishop, to the laws of the country, but neither to "independence" or the PA, whose principles are "irreconcilable with the Catholic faith" (Letter of Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics, 2007). In this way he was recognized as a bishop and was able to celebrate the Chrism Mass in a public way last Holy Thursday.

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But the United Front does not want to publish this document, and instead demands that all...
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