INTRODUCTION: There has been angry reaction to the appointment of Monsignor Dominic Tang as Archbishop of Canton (Guangdong), China.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: There has been angry reaction to the appointment of Monsignor Dominic Tang as Archbishop of Canton (Guangdong), China. The government-backed Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association has described the nomination as a rude and intolerable interference. The criticism came as a surprise to the Vatican and appears to be a setback for Pole John Paul's ambition to bring China's two-and-a-half million Catholics back into the Catholic fold.
SYNOPSIS: The Archbishop, who went to Rome for his investiture, is the first Chinese Bishop or Archbishop named by the Vatican since 1955. The 73-year-old Jesuit emerged from prison last year after being jailed for 22 years on suspicion of being a counter-revolutionary.
So far, the Peking government has not joined the criticism. Vatican sources said the appointment of Archbishop Tang must have had at least tacit consent from the Chinese leadership. Chinese-Vatican relations were broken off in the late 1950's because of the Vatican's continued recognition of Taiwan and the Chinese government's creation of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association which was independent of the Vatican. Although Archbishop Tang agreed to being filmed in St. Peter's Square, he refused to talk to newsmen, saying he would not make a statement before returning to China.
Archbishop Tang served as an apostolic administrator of Canton. The Vatican has said that by making him Archbishop the Pope was simply giving his blessing to the wishes of the local clergy and faithful.