WITH reference to your news item of Dec 31 that Bishop Dominic Tang Yee-Ming celebrated Mass at the reopening of the Catholic Cathedral of Canton, may I point out some inaccuracies arising from similarities of Chinese names.
To say that Bishop Dominic Tang Yee-Ming celebrated Mass for the reopening of the Catholic Cathedral of Canton is like saying that Cardinal Casaroli officiated at one of Archbishop Lefebvre's services!
Since 1981, Archbishop Dominic Tang Yee-Ming of Canton has been exiled from his see by the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association because of his loyalty to the Church and the Holy See.
Following his appointment as Archbishop of Canton in May 1981, the Patriotic Association rejected him as Archbishop of Canton and appointed two of their own members as bishops in his place.
It is one of these patriotic appointments. Bishop Ye Ying-yun, who celebrated Mass at the reopening you mention. The Church in question was not the Cathedral which was reopened several years ago under the administration of the Patriotic Association, but a church in Shamian, one of the districts of Canton.
Any news forthcoming from China about the Catholic Church, refers to the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association which is under government control.
Archbishop Tang himself was imprisoned for 22 years and only released due to serious illness. Bishop Kung of Shanghai is still in prison as are thousands of Catholic priests, religious and faithful.
Mlss MI O'Farrell