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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.

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