Mindong, China: Msgr. Guo Xijin kidnapped by the police before Easter

Mindong, China: Msgr. Guo Xijin kidnapped by the police before Easter
John Baptist Lin – 3/27/18
The chancellor of the diocese was also taken with him. Msgr. Guo was asked to step aside as ordinary and accept the role of auxiliary bishop to make way for Msgr. Zhan Silu, an illegitimate and excommunicated bishop.
Mindong (AsiaNews) – Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, bishop of Mindong (Fujian), was kidnapped last night by police. The Chancellor of the Diocese, Fr. Xu, was also led away.

Msgr. Guo, 59, is the ordinary bishop of the diocese, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government. In recent months he had been approached by Vatican diplomat Abp. Claudio Maria Celli, who had asked him to step aside and leave the seat of the diocese to excommunicated bishop Msgr. Vincent Zhan Silu, who is recognized by the government.

In return, Msgr. Guo would be given the title of auxiliary bishop. The demotion of Msgr. Guo, as well as the resignation of Msgr. Zhuang, bishop of Shantou, were hailed as the sign of a “historic” agreement between the Chinese government and the Vatican.

Yesterday at 3pm local time, Msgr. Guo was called to the Office for Religious Affairs where he met with officials for at least two hours. The content of their meeting is not known. At 7 pm he returned to the bishop’s residence and prepared his luggage as if leaving. At 10 pm he was taken away.

He had already disappeared in police custody last year, just before the Easter holidays, only to reappear 20 days later.

According to some faithful, the bishop was kidnapped after refusing to concelebrate during these Easter holidays with illegitimate bishop Zhan Silu.

Zhan Silu is one of seven illegitimate and excommunicated bishops awaiting reconciliation with the Pope, a reconciliation that has either yet to take place, or perhaps to be made public.

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2 comments on “Mindong, China: Msgr. Guo Xijin kidnapped by the police before Easter

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  2. Mindong, China: Msgr. Guo is back, but banned from celebrating Chrism Mass as bishop
    Police have banned him from celebrating Mass as a bishop. Msgr. Guo refused to concelebrate with the official bishop Zhan Silu, who is still excommunicated. Police actions against Msgr. Julius Jia Zhiguo and Heilongjiang priests
    Mindong (AsiaNews – 3/28/18) – Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin was returned yesterday to his house, after being held overnight in police custody. He had been detained by public security officials on the evening of March 26, together with the chancellor of the diocese. Msgr. Guo, 59, is ordinary bishop of Mindong, recognized by the Holy See, but not by the government, which instead supports the illegitimate bishop Msgr. Zhan Silu, who thus far is still excommunicated.
    Under a possible agreement between China and the Vatican that many rumor is “imminent”, Msgr. Guo has been asked to step aside in favor of leaving the role of ordinary bishop of the diocese to Msgr. Zhan. The latter has already requested reconciliation with the Holy See, but so far there has been no public proclamation of the lifting of the excommunication.
    AsiaNews sources close to Mindong, say that Msgr. Guo refused to concelebrate with Msgr. Zhan at tomorrow’s Chrism Mass, since Zhan is still officially excommunicated.
    He was taken away because the unofficial community of Mindong – the majority of the faithful and priests of the diocese – had organized an early Chrism Mass. The police seized Msgr. Guo to stop him from presiding over the celebration. Allowing him to return home yesterday, they banned him from celebrating any Mass as a bishop, as he is not recognized by the government.
    With the approach of the so-called “imminent” and “historic” agreement between China and the Vatican, several bishops and underground communities are being targeted and pushed to join the Patriotic Association, to erase their being part of the underground Church.
    At the beginning of March, Msgr. Julius Jia Zhiguo, underground bishop of Zhengding (Hebei), was taken away by the police to avoid, by pain of threat, him commenting on the dialogue between China and the Vatican with foreign journalists in Beijing who were covering the National People’s Congress. In these days, even the unofficial priests of Heilongjiang, together with the apostolic administrator of Harbin, Msgr. Giuseppe Zhao, were scolded and taken away for a short time by the police.

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