Will Vatican-China pact eliminate the ‘underground’ Church?
March 11, 2019
CWN Editor's Note: In theory the Vatican’s agreement with Beijing, which remains secret, probably does not require priests to join the government-backed Patriotic Association. But in practice, reports Father Bernardo Cervellera, clerics are under heavy pressure to join, and government officials—especially those recently regularized under the Vatican-Beijing pact—seem determined to eliminate the ‘underground’ Church.The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the original source (link above). About CWN news coverage.
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Posted by: Jim Hanink -
Mar. 11, 2019 8:41 PM ET USA
It seems that the anticipated abuses of the Vatican-Beijing agreement have already come about. The agreement needs clarification at the highest levels. After that clarification, it should be made public. At the same time, the Holy Father needs to address the increasing restrictions on the free exercise of religion in China. Especially repugnant is the forced "re-education" of Muslim minority groups.