Down to the Wire: Just $9,208 left to match to win our Challenge Grant. Your gift will still be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Hong Kong cardinal: Pope should take tough line with China

Catholic World News - August 27, 2013

Cardinal Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, who served as bishop of Hong Kong from 2002 until his retirement in 2009, has told the Reuters news agency that Pope Francis should take a tough line with China.

“He should not be too nice,” said Cardinal Zen. “They don’t understand kindness; they only understand force.”

Cardinal Zen expressed concern that civil disobedience by Hong Kong pro-democracy activists might spark a violent crackdown from Beijing.

“They may like to provoke some violence, yes, and they may even send people to infiltrate the (protesters),” he said. “I'm worried we may finish with some violence ... Then they have the pretext to crush everything.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($62,243 to go):
$150,000.00 $87,757.12
41% 59%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Defender - Aug. 28, 2013 7:57 PM ET USA

    “He (Pope Francis) should not be too nice,” said Cardinal Zen. “They don’t understand kindness; they only understand force.” The cardinal understands China, despite what many who placate and make excuses for their actions say.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

A suggestion for First Things: separate civil divorce from Christian marriage 0 hours ago
Art and theology, beauty and truth, work together in the New Evangelization November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
Anatomy of Conversion November 21
It is a failure of mercy to deny sin November 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days