Cardinal Zen: Vatican officials stymied Pope's policy on Chinese Church
CWN - February 22, 2013
Clarifying public remarks in which he charged that Vatican appeasement has helped the Chinese government strengthen its control over the Catholic Church, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said that Pope Benedict XVI set appropriate policies, but “his work was wasted by others close to him, who did not follow his line.”
In an article posted by the AsiaNews service, Cardinal Zen elaborated:
Saying "others" I mean people in the Vatican, but also those outside who, without the help of the Holy See, would not have done so much damage.
The cardinal said that Pope Benedict “has done things that for China that he has not done for any other country,” referring to the Pope’s open letter to the Chinese Church. Cardinal Zen said that Chinese Catholics “should be profoundly grateful to him for this.” But he repeated that Vatican officials had failed to follow the Pope’s policies and failed to speak the direct truth about Beijing's efforts to seize control of the Church.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our April expenses ($26,011 to go):$35,000.00 $8,989.48
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!