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Cardinal Zen fears government takeover of Hong Kong's Catholic schools

October 19, 2011

Cardinal Joseph Zen has embarked on a 3-day fast to protest legislation that he sees as a bid by the Chinese government to seize control of Catholic schools in Hong Kong.

Reacting to a court decision that dismissed an appeal by Church leaders, the retired cardinal said that the new policy has "seriously damaged" the autonomy of Catholic schools. The policy requires the creation of new management committees for private schools. Although church sponsors can still nominate 60% of the members of these committees, Cardinal Zen fears that a determined minority will be able to steer policy.


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