Vatican Announces "surprise and regret" over Installation of Bishop in China which was not in Accordance with the Vatican-China Agreement - FULL TEXT
The Holy See Press Office released a statement on Saturday noting the "surprise and regret" of the Holy See upon receiving news of the “installation ceremony” that took place on 24 November in Nanchang of Bishop Giovanni Peng Weizhao of Yujiang (Jiangxi Province) as Auxiliary Bishop of Jiangxi, a diocese not recognized by the Holy See. The statement notes that this event "has not taken place in conformity with the spirit of dialogue that exists between the Vatican parties and the Chinese parties and what has been stipulated in the Provisional Agreement on the Appointment of Bishops of 22 September 2018." The Provisional Agreement had originally been signed by representatives of the Holy See and the People's Republic of China on 22 September 2018. The Agreement provided for a two-year period of application ad experimentum. In October 2020, the validity of the agreement was extended for another two years, and again on 22 October 2022 it was renewed for another two years.
FULL TEXT Press release of the Holy See, 26.11.2022
The Holy See took note with surprise and regret of the news of the "installation ceremony", which took place on 24 c.m. in Nanchang, by H.E. Monsignor Giovanni Peng Weizhao, Bishop of Yujiang (Province of Jiangxi), as "Auxiliary Bishop of Jiangxi", a diocese not recognized by the Holy See.
This event, in fact, did not take place in accordance with the spirit of dialogue existing between the Vatican and the Chinese sides and with what was stipulated in the Provisional Agreement on the appointment of Bishops, dated 22 September 2018.
Furthermore, the civil recognition of Mgr. Peng was preceded, according to the news received, by long and heavy pressure from the local authorities.
The Holy See hopes that similar episodes will not be repeated, awaits appropriate communications on the matter from the Authorities and reaffirms its full availability to continue the respectful dialogue concerning all issues of common interest.
Sources: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2022/11/26/0880/01842.html and Vatican News