Anthony Liu Bainian

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Liu Bainian
Native name Chinese: 刘柏年
Born 1934 (age 82–83)
Other names Anthony Liu
Executive Member of the CPPCC
Assumed office
Chairman Jia Qinglin
Vice Chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association
In office
September 1992 – 2010
Chairman Zong Huaide
Fu Tieshan

Liu Bainian, or Anthony Liu, is the honorary chairman of the state-run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA)[1] and the Bishops Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC), the body which oversees the selection and ordination of bishops in China.[2]

Born in Shandong Province, Liu was named secretary-general of the CPA in 1980, and subsequently served as vice president of the organization,[3][4] which operates under the control of the State Administration for Religious Affairs. Liu has states his belief that the government of the People's Republic of China should appoint its own bishops, without recognizing the authority of the Holy See.[5]


  1. ^ Louise Watt, China's Catholic church ordains another bishop, The Guardian, 14 July 2011.
  2. ^ Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Annual Report 2011 Archived February 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Oct 2011.
  3. ^ Barb Fraze, China's 'black pope': Layman wields enormous influence within church[permanent dead link], Catholic News Service, 5 April 2007.
  4. ^ HOWARD W. FRENCH and IAN FISHER, Quiet Signals Cleared New Beijing Bishop, New York Times, 21 Sept 2007.
  5. ^ Paul Wang, Patriotic Association threatens 10 episcopal ordinations without papal mandate, Asia News, 16 May 2011.