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Vatican ‘foreign secretary’ foresees cooperative relations with China

March 22, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, said that the Holy See is prepared to welcome a more assertive Chinese role in world affairs. In an address at the Gregorian University, the archbishop said that the Church in China should be “fully integrated” into the life of the nation, “fully Catholic and genuinely Chinese.” He praised China’s economic progress and said that the Vatican is not worried by China’s emergence as a world power.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 25, 2018 8:38 AM ET USA

    This is the second political clergyman this year to praise China as the best example of how nations should incorporate Catholic social doctrine into their governing structure. If you are a liberation theologian, you will welcome the equalizing effect of slavery under a government in continuous revolution against all that it means to be fully human. The strain of thought among Church hierarchy and intellectuals which insists that the Church must conform to human cultures betrays Christ's will.

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Mar. 22, 2018 7:41 PM ET USA

    As always, respect is due to our bishops. At the same time, one needs to look closely at the temptation to a false irenicism. A wide range of news sources tell us about the dangers of "Uncle Xi's" political power grab. An equally wide range of sources tell us of the increasing threat to civil liberties, including freedom of religion, in China. Unless these problems are honestly addressed, Archbishop Gallagher is at best "whistling in the dark." Cardinal Zen is a better source of information.