October 19, 2012. (Romereports.com)
92 years old Chinese Bishop Lucas Jingfeng Ly wrote a letter to the synod to highlight support for the Pope and to thank lay Catholics for the role they play in China.
Bishop Jingfeng Ly said he regrets that the voice of mainland China’s Bishops cannot be heard during this synod as the Chinese bishop who had been invited was not allowed by the authorities to leave the country to attend.
Cardinal John Tong Hon, Bishop of Hong Kong, shared his disappointment as well.CARD. JOHN TONG HON
Bishop of Hong Kong (China) “I would like one more comment, thatis a very pity that no chinise bishop are allowed to come out to participate to the synod. This is very pitifull issue. This is why we have to pray for the church in china. One day we will enjoy full freedom, on religious liberty and also the goverment wide open.”
The Hong Kong Cardinal regretted that China still puts restrictions
, especially on religious activities.CARD. JOHN TONG HON
Bishop of Hong Kong (China) “China is opened for bussiness but still put some restrictions in religous activities. So this is the issue we have to pray for.”
In previous synods other bishops had been invited to participate, but could never get to Rome because the Chinese government did not allow them to leave the country.
Cardinal Tong also regretted that during local meetings of bishops, the Chinese government forced the bishops loyal to the Catholic Church to support other prelates appointed by the Communist government
and without the approval of the Pope.CARD. JOHN TONG HON
Bishop of Hong Kong (China) “They allowed them to come out but should be mixed with the illegitimated bishops. So which make the church outside embarrassed, of this things could not be done, we cant accept to the illegitimate bishops to come out.”
The Church in China is divided between the Church controlled by the communist government
and the one loyal to Rome, living a semi-clandestine status