|China||ORDINATIONS BOOST STATE CHURCH|
At least 15 dioceses in the government-recognised "open" Church in China have elected new bishops since the ordination without papal approval of five bishops in Beijing at the beginning of the year.
In line with a late 1999 notice from open Church authorities, at least 16 more bishops and auxiliary bishops have been elected, sources told UCA News. Most of their dioceses have not set ordination dates, with some wanting to get "secret" approval from the pope first. At least two of the 16 bishops-elect reportedly have refused ordination.
Meanwhile, in Henan province, an underground bishop said that the underground bishops in the central province had agreed before the 6 January ordinations to be installed in the open Church within months, but have to reconsider this in light of the event.