New Shanghai bishop ‘barred from ministry’
Officials unhappy after Bishop Ma gives up position in CPA during ordination
ucanew.com reporter, Shanghai, China
July 9, 2012
Local Church sources said Bishop Ma was taken away by several unidentified persons shortly after his ordination on Saturday and is now in Shenshan, on the outskirts of Shanghai, where the diocese established a Marian shrine and seminary.
He has freedom of movement there but Chinese authorities have restricted him from exercising his episcopal ministry, the sources said.
The sources said it was widely understood that authorities were displeased by Bishop Ma’s speech during his ordination, in which he said he would step down from the government-sanctioned local CPA and give up his membership in the national body to devote himself entirely to his ministry.