|Bishop Li in 2013|
Bishop Luke Li Jingfeng of Fenghsiang, an 'underground' bishop consectrated secretly, died this morning (11:20pm GMT), aged 97. Please pray for him.
Bp. Li was a pillar of traditionalism, as well as of true fidelity to the See, in the Chinese speaking Church.
In his nineties he translated the 1962 missal into Chinese, to aid Chinese speaking clergy in the understanding of the prayers. This massive project will continue to be of great significance for Chinese Catholics far into the future.
On a more personal level, he and some of the priests in his diocese gave the old mass movement much support.
The Novus Ordo Missae was not introduced into China until the 1980s, so there remains a generation of priests who were taught the the ancient Mass in seminary. See the FIUV Position Paper on the Extraordinary Form and China.
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