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Cardinal Zen fears Vatican will sell out China’s underground Catholics

February 22, 2017

Cardinal Joseph Zen voiced his fears that the Vatican is “going to make a very bad agreement with China,” in an interview with LifeSite News.

The retired Bishop of Hong Kong said that he fears the Vatican “may sell out our underground Church.” He said that a proposed agreement, allowing the Beijing regime to control the nomination of candidates for episcopal office, would “give too much decision power to the government.”

Cardinal Zen said that he thought Pope Francis was sympathetic to the needs of Catholics in China, but “really naive” about the Communist regime. He said that he has frequently written to the Pontiff, expressing his concerns, but “he doesn’t answer my letters.” To compound the problem, he said, “the people around him are not good at all.”


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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 23, 2017 9:39 PM ET USA

    For those of us who follow the papacy of Francis as attentively as we can, we must agree with Cardinal Zen that some of "the people around him are not good at all." We see once again what appears to be a character flaw in the Pope: "he doesn’t answer my letters." For those unfamiliar with the history of the underground Church in China, it is among the only Churches on earth to have celebrated the EF after Vatican II. It is a Church composed of the "least of our brothers." Francis' accompaniment?