Bishop Li, semper fidelis, dies at 97 [R.i.P.]

Bishop Li, semper fidelis, dies at 97 [R.i.P.]

Bishop Li in 2013
Bp. Joseph Li Side, an ‘underground’ bishop consectrated secretly, died this morning (11:20pm GMT) at 97. Please pray for him.
Bp. Li was a pillar of traditionalism, as well as of true fidelity to the See, in the Chinese speaking Church.
In his nineties he translated the 1962 missal into Chinese, to aid Chinese speaking clergy in the understanding of the prayers. This massive project will continue to be of great significance for Chinese Catholics far into the future.
On a more personal level, he and some of the priests in his diocese gave the old Mass movement much support.
The Novus Ordo Missae was not introduced into China until the 1980s, so there remains a generation of priests who were taught the the ancient Mass in seminary. See the FIUV Position Paper on the Extraordinary Form and China.
There is a little more about him and his activities in this UCA News report.
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5 comments on “Bishop Li, semper fidelis, dies at 97 [R.i.P.]

  1. Eternal rest grant unto thy servant, O Lord.

    Bishop Li, pray for us.

  2. From cardinalkungfoundation.org/rc/RCrelfreedom.php#4 (not sure when this was posted)

    Currently, every one of the approximately 25 underground bishops of the RCC is either in jail, under house arrest, under strict surveillance, or in hiding. Bishop SU Zhimin, the underground Bishop of Baoding, Hebei was arrested in 1996, escaped, and rearrested in 1997. There has been no news on this bishop for many years. Bishop SHI Enxiang, underground Bishop of Yixian, Hebei, was arrested on April 13, 2001. He is now more than 80 years old and has been detained for more than 10 years. We do not know his whereabouts or his condition. Bishop GAO Kexian, Bishop of Yantai, Shandong, was arrested in October, 1999. We did not know where he was until he died in jail in January 2005. His cause of death is unknown. Bishop YAO Liang, the auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Xiwanzi in Hebei, was arrested on March 31, 2005, released, and arrested again on July 30, 2006. He died in 2009. Bishop ZHAO ZhenDong, Bishop of Xuanhua in Hebei, was arrested in December 2004. He died shortly after he was released. He was 87 years of age. Bishop HAN Dingxiang , Bishop of Yong Nian, Hebei, was arrested in December 1999 and was held in an unknown place for his last two years. He died in 2007 in a very suspicious situation. He was cremated and buried within six hours of his death without any religious ceremony. These are only a few examples.

  3. O God, who didst raise Thy servant Joseph to the dignity of bishop in the apostolic priesthood; grant, we beseech Thee, that he may be joined in fellowship with Thine apostles for evermore. Though Christ our Lord. Amen.


    www.youtube.com/embed/TjrsqJaLDOg

  4. Bishop Li, Latin Mass Champion, Dies

    en.news
    11/20/17

    Bishop Luke Li Jingfeng of Fenghsiang, a Chinese underground bishop consecrated secretly, died on November 17 aged 97, Joseph Shaw reports on his blog.

    Bp. Li was a pillar of traditionalism. In his nineties, he translated the 1962 Latin Missal into Chinese, to aid Chinese speaking clergy in the understanding of the prayers of the Old Rite. He gave the Old Mass movement much support. The Novus Ordo was not introduced into China until the 1980s.

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