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Outgoing Vatican representative reflects on Church in China

Catholic World News - February 22, 2010

Msgr. Eugene Martin Nugent, who has served for a decade as the Vatican's liaison to the Chinese Catholic Church, spoke to the AsiaNews service about his tenure and his expectations for the future of Chinese Catholicism. Msgr. Nugent, who will soon take up new responsibilities as the apostolic nuncio to Madagascar, expressed cautious optimism about the prospects for unity among Chinese Catholics, saying that both "underground" and "official" Catholics must reach out to each other.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 22, 2010 9:16 PM ET USA

    Pius XII's encyclical, AD SINARUM GENTEM, plainly and clearly stated that there can be no reconciliation between China and the Holy See if China continued its ways (1954). Things haven't changed, except for a lot of wishful thinking. I can't imagine going to an "offical" priest, whose allegiance to the state is paramount, for confession and not immediately wonder if I would soon be arrested.

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