Bishop Paul Liu Jinghe of Tangshan dead
Bishop Peter Fang Jianping of Tangshan led the funeral rites held on Tuesday at the diocesan cathedral. However, church authorities refused to bury the body until the government returns the cemetery.
Retired Bishop Paul Liu Jinghe of the Diocese of Tangshan in Hebei Province died of natural causes on December 11.
Bishop Peter Fang Jianping of Tangshan led the funeral rites held on Tuesday at the diocesan cathedral. However, church authorities refused to bury the body until the government returns a former Church cemetery. The announcement delaying the burial was made before the 3,000 people gathered for the memorial service.
Bishop Liu was born on December 26, 1920, in Huanghuagang in the Diocese of Tangshan in a devout Catholic family and entered the minor Seminary in Yongping in 1931. In 1939, he began his studies in philosophy and theology at the Wensheng major Seminary of the Archdiocese of Beijing. He was ordained a priest on May 4, 1945, by the Archbishop Paul Leon Cornelius Montaigne of Beijing. He returned to his Diocese and carried out his pastoral ministry in Lulong, Tangshan and other places.
From 1940 to 1960 he was imprisoned three times. From 1970 to 1979 he was sent to a ‘re-education camp’ where he was subjected to forced labour in a textile factory, chemical factory and finally in a stone quarry. Immediately after his release, he resumed his pastoral activity.
He was consecrated Bishop in 1981 without a pontifical mandate. He sent several requests for forgiveness to the Holy Father with the relevant claim of legitimacy, which was granted in 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Two years later, he retired from the pastoral ministry due to poor health. In the last years of his life, he categorically refused to take part in illegitimate episcopal ordinations, giving a sign of communion and obedience to the Apostolic See.
Source: Agenzia Fides