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Prelates differ on approach to China's 'official' Catholic Church

Catholic World News - February 04, 2010

How should loyal Catholics in China approach the "official" Church sanctioned by the Beijing government? Cardinal Joseph Zen has warned against cooperation with the regime; Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has taken a more conciliatory approach. In the monthly 30 Giorni, an official of the Vatican Secretariat of State explains Cardinal Bertone's attitude.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 06, 2010 8:49 PM ET USA

    China has not really changed since the time of Pius XII, they are merely a little more "nuanced" in their approach. The good cardinal obviously hasn't been paying attention to how China operates: just look at those who have been picked up without charge and kept incommudicado for at least a year; those not allowed to practice their faith openly; and look how China lies without flinching. Pius called it like it was and his encyclical remains just as valid today.

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