The Catholic San Francisco website reports today (July 11, 2012) that Chinese Father Joseph Yue Fusheng has been excommunicated for allowing himself to be illicitly ordained a bishop, despite repeated warnings from the Vatican.
"The Holy See does not recognize him as a bishop of the apostolic administration of Harbin, and he lacks the authority to govern the priests and the Catholic community in the province of Heilongjiang," the Vatican said in a written statement July 10.
Father Yue was ordained bishop of Harbin on July 6 without papal mandate -- a rite the Chinese government has been using in recent years.
Five Vatican-approved bishops took part in the rite -- held at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Harbin -- capital of Heilongjiang province. The Vatican said those five bishops who took part in the July 6 ordination would also be excommunicated.