For Gagliarducci, these ordinations “are a sign of the will of the Chinese to continue the agreement, which shows the openness of the Holy See that is realized when the delegation that goes to China every year for a personal meeting on Sino-Vatican issues – led by Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli – was received in Beijing at the end of last year and later traveled to several dioceses, showing unprecedented goodwill on the part of the Chinese authorities.”
However, the Vaticanist says, this “good will contradicts what happened in the past months, when Pope Francis personally had to correct the irregularity of the unilateral appointment of the bishop of Shanghai by the Beijing government , appointing instead of Bishop Shen Bin, Bishop of Haimen, the head of the diocese who until then had a bishop under house arrest since the day of his ordination, unable to serve his people and who, however , remained in office as “a sign that the Holy See has no intention of giving anything about such a clearly unjust act.”
“Faced with the unilateral decision of the government in Beijing, which did not take into account that Shen Bin was ordained bishop in 2007 with the double approval of China and the Holy See, and that this was a transfer, Pope Francis decided to fix the conflict by finding new ways of dialogue,” he added.
In fact, on July 15, 2023, the Holy See reported the Pope’s decision to appoint the Bishop of Shanghai (China) to Bishop Joseph Shen Bin, who assumed the position in April through the decision of the Council of Bishop of China. permission from the Vatican.