Chinese bishop shocks faithful by recanting position on state-run church
by David V Barrett
posted Friday, 17 Jun 2016
A well-wisher kisses the ring of Auxiliary Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin following his episcopal ordination at St Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai (CNS photo/courtesy of UCAnews)
Bishop Thaddeus, under house arrest for four years, says he was wrong to criticise the Catholic Patriotic Association
A Chinese bishop who has been at odds with the state since his ordination four years ago has publicly reversed his position, sending shockwaves through China’s Catholic population.
Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, Shanghai’s most senior Catholic bishop, has been under house arrest since dramatically resigning from the government-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA) during his ordination at St Ignatius’s Cathedral in Shanghai in 2012.