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No progress in Vatican talks with China, Taiwan's ambassador reports

January 29, 2016

Talks between the Vatican and Beijing have failed to resolve a struggle for control of the Catholic Church in China, according to Taiwan’s new ambassador to the Holy See.

Matthew Lee told the UCANews service that he had been informed there is “no particular advancement” in the Rome-Beijing talks. The Taiwanese ambassador said that a resolution to the conflict would be welcome, provided that it “does not hurt Catholic orthodoxy and doctrine, and could promote religious freedom and protect human rights.

Beijing has insisted that bishops in China should be named by the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association. The Vatican refuses to recognize the Patriotic Association, and upholds the right of the Holy See to name all bishops.

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  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Jan. 29, 2016 12:49 PM ET USA

    The Holy See must maintain the independence of the Church vis a vis the Catholic Pat Association a puppet of the regime. The Holy See should listen carefully to Cardinal Zen and learn from past mistakes with Ostpolitik.