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Vatican says China has violated agreement with Bishop Peng appointment

November 28, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Without approval from the Vatican, the Chinese government has transferred Bishop Peng Weizhao, by Pope Francis’s appointment the underground bishop of Yujiang, to Jiangxi, where he will serve officially as an auxiliary bishop.

A statement from the Vatican press office expressed “surprise and regret” at the event, which “has not taken place in conformity with the spirit of dialogue that exists between the Vatican parties and the Chinese parties and what has been stipulated in the Provisional Agreement on the Appointment of Bishops.”

Noting reports of “prolonged and intense pressure by the local authorities,” the Vatican statement concluded, “The Holy See hopes that similar episodes will not be repeated, is awaiting the appropriate communication about the matter from the authorities, and reaffirms its complete willingness to continue the respectful dialogue concerning all of the matters of common interest.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Nov. 28, 2022 3:21 PM ET USA

    Quote: "...The event has not taken place in conformity with the spirit of dialogue." I don't think the CPC apparatchiks see pope Francis's ministry for the Catholic Church in China being in conformity with the spirit of sacrificial love of a Good Shepherd ready to give his life for the sheep. Perhaps, by what they have witnessed since signing of the "accord," they are not inspired enough to be obliged by it? It's beyond naive to go into secret cahoots with totalitarian regime and expect honesty.