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Bishop Sanchez Sorondo defends Chinese organ-donation program, says critics ‘myopic’

April 05, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo has defended the Chinese government’s organ-donation program, and criticized as “myopic” the complaints of groups arguing against a Vatican accord with Beijing. In a letter to the International Coalition to End Transplant Abuse that China, the bishop claimed that abuses have been eliminated. Bishop Sorondo, the dean of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, caused an uproar last month by saying that the Chinese regime offers the best example of implementing Catholic social teachings. In his letter he said that opposition to a Vatican-Beijing accord comes only from ideological pressure groups.

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Apr. 06, 2018 10:43 AM ET USA

    Of course, it's common practice to put the word "volunteer" in quotes when an activity is actually required and not optional. I suppose that, in China, they could also put the word "donate" in quotes.

  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Apr. 05, 2018 7:40 PM ET USA

    With respect, Bishop Sorondo has not shown himself a credible judge of human rights violations in China. Nor does he appear to appreciate the totalitarian drift of the Chinese government. Given his leadership role, he needs to seriously engage those who in good faith disagree with him.

  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 05, 2018 11:32 AM ET USA

    Bp Sorondo is not telling the truth about the Chinese government's organ "donation" program, which consists in significant part of prisoners executed by the communist regime in order to become organ "donors." I hope there are knowledgeable and honest prelates still left in the Vatican to point this out to him.