Thaddeus Ma Daqin announced his split from the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association which Rome does not recognise.
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2012 09:20
China's state-run Catholic church has stripped a bishop of his title after he dramatically split with official religious authorities.
Thaddeus Ma Daqin announced his split from the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA) on Tuesday during his own ordination as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai which had been approved by Pope Benedict XVI in July.
"Yes, he has been removed," the spokesman told the AFP news agency, without giving further details.
According to Catholic websites, Ma has not been seen in public since and is reportedly under house arrest.