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Leading papal adviser analyzes agreement between China, Holy See

September 25, 2018

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CWN Editor's Note: “Some have asked if it is acceptable that the authority to ordain bishops be ceded to the Chinese government,” writes Father Antonio Spadaro. “This question is posed incorrectly. The Church does not cede authority to ordain bishops. The history of the Church is rather to be considered as the history of the search for agreements with political authorities on the nomination of bishops.”

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  • Posted by: Jim Hanink - Sep. 25, 2018 8:57 PM ET USA

    I welcome Fr. Spadoro's remarks and will return to them. That said, Gallicanism remains Gallicanism. Moreover, the government of China increasingly engages in violations of basic civil liberties and the persecution of people of faith. Consider the "re-education" now imposed on so Muslims. History reflects the horrible consequences of State overreach. China offers a prime example of this. So, too, in many ways, does the United States.