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Chinese official, tied to organ harvesting, invited to Vatican conference

February 07, 2017

Huang Jiefu, the Chinese official in charge of his country’s organ-transplant program has been invited to participate in a Vatican conference on organ trafficking, in spite of evidence that the Chinese regime harvests organs from prisoners slated for execution.

China officially banned the practice of removing vital organs from convicted prisoners in 2015. But suspicions linger that some condemned prisoners are listed as “volunteer donors” without their consent. Chinese policies are also questioned by investigators who say that the number of organ transplants each year is 6 to 10 times as great as the country’s official statistics indicate.

The invitation to Huang Jiefu was extended by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences: the same office that recently issued an invitation to Paul Ehrlich, the discredited author of The Population Bomb and an enthusiastic supporter of contraception and abortion.

Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, dismissed criticism of the invitation to Huang Jiefu, saying that conference at which the Chinese official will speak would be “an academic exercise and not a reprise of contentious political assertions.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 08, 2017 10:03 AM ET USA

    "...Conference at which the Chinese official will speak would be 'an academic exercise.'" Right! It's just business. It has nothing to do with morality. How dare you judge either of those two noble participants! We just want to add some flavor, some spice to the conference. Too many homogeneous Europeans, you know. "'...Not a reprise of contentious political assertions.'" This is precisely how some in the Church seem to view "rigid" adherence to Catholic moral standards: as political assertions.

  • Posted by: Ken - Feb. 07, 2017 10:52 PM ET USA

    The Church is headed toward a schism.

  • Posted by: jalsardl5053 - Feb. 07, 2017 7:45 PM ET USA

    It is a sad commentary on human nature that when you wish to leave "your mark", the only way you can think of is to do something counter to that which is in place and has a proven track record, you know, like the scientific method (when that disproves you, you simply declare "it" aka global warming). So it is at the Vatican who, like the dear marching nuns, have developed a rationale for decisions rather than making rational decisions. I'm liking the movie Fiddler on the Roof more and more.

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Feb. 07, 2017 2:42 PM ET USA

    One suspects that in the Pope Francis era these sorts of events are regarded as being like "banquets" to which all sorts of people with all such of views and behavior might be invited and we are not supposed to complain that Jesus eats together with tax collectors and sinners.