Catholics Not in Communion With Rome

Beijing hopes Tong can boost vatican ties

A top Catholic leader in Beijing hopes Hong Kong's Vatican-anointed cardinal, John Tong Hon, will improve the mainland's often fraught relationship with the Holy See.

Tuesday, 13 March, 2012, 12:00am

Anglican Church in HK has strayed from supporting genuine Christian values

In his Christmas address, Anglican archbishop Paul Kwong berates hawkers operating at Fa Yuen Street for 'selfish' behaviour with regard to their opposition to more stringent regulations on street market operations ('Church leaders hit out at 'selfish' Hong Kong', December 24).

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Archbishop preaches self-interest

Christmas messages from church leaders are traditionally bromide. But Anglican Archbishop of Hong Kong and Macau Paul Kwong delivered a bitter pill, lambasting Hongkongers for being 'cold-blooded' and heartless.

28 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Cathedral members launch petition

A government plan to redevelop Government Hill has angered the site's Christian neighbours, as members of the St John's Cathedral congregation have launched a petition to oppose it.

7 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Church meeting hurt trust, Vatican says

The Vatican has sharply condemned a meeting of senior members of China's government-backed church held last week, citing violations of religious freedom and human rights.

A Vatican statement yesterday said the 'unacceptable and hostile acts' have damaged the dialogue and 'climate of trust' between the Holy See and the Beijing government.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Catholic leader not recognised by the Vatican

Beijing appointed a bishop not recognised by the Holy See as head of the mainland's Catholic clergy yesterday in a move likely to jeopardise a continuing Sino-Vatican diplomatic dialogue.

10 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Catholic seminarians mount rare protest

Dozens of students at a Catholic seminary in Hebei province staged a rare protest yesterday outside a government office against the appointment of a non-Catholic government official to the school's leadership.

The show of defiance raised eyebrows, as the seminary is operated by the government-backed church.

3 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Catholic clergy face crucial choice

For most Catholics, the Christmas season is a time of festivity. But for some clergy on the mainland it could mark the end of what has been years of thawing relations between their church and the Vatican.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Beijing and Vatican focus on long-term future

More than two years after Pope Benedict issued his pastoral letter to Chinese Catholics with the hope of reinvigorating reconciliation between the state-controlled and underground communities, the Vatican and Beijing have decided to focus on long-term development of the mainland church - but from different directions.

1 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Pope's show of tolerance needs to extend to China

Once called 'God's Rottweiler' because of his hardline doctrinal stance as a cardinal responsible for upholding the Catholic faith, Pope Benedict XVI has opted for quiet diplomacy in the church's efforts to heal its breach with Beijing. Now he has confounded his reputation again in trying to shepherd Christians back into the church's fold across a centuries-old divide.

22 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Anti-gay cleric meets breakaway Anglicans

A South American Anglican archbishop who opposes homosexuality met hundreds of breakaway Canadian church members over the weekend, defying a warning from Canada's top Anglican to stay away.

28 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Controversial bishop tipped for top post

Potential Catholic leader emerges

A controversial mainland bishop, whose unilateral ordination fuelled a fierce row between Beijing and the Vatican, is one of the frontrunners to lead the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, an informed source said yesterday.

25 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Vatican fails to contact bishop-elect for Beijing

Father Joseph Li Shan is set to be installed as the head of the Catholic Church's Beijing diocese on Friday, with the Holy See making a last-minute effort to get in touch with him in order to complete the approval process.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Changing with times key for Catholics: vice-premier

The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association should continue building an independent mainland church while 'changing with the times' to contribute more to the nation, Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu said yesterday.

26 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Christians fight to control schools

As Catholics prepare legal battle, Anglicans and Methodists dig heels in over order

Hong Kong's largest Christian organisations are maintaining their defiance of a government requirement to implement a new school-based management system, hoping the new education officials might review the decision.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am