What the arrest of a Vatican-backed bishop tells us about the China deal

Communist bosses have been emboldened by Cardinal Parolin's stance

Remember when Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo told us that “those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese”? I assumed he was just a relic of the 1960s and 1970s, when huge swathes of the Left romanticised Mao. (Others preferred Stalin or Che.) Now I’m starting to wonder. Last December, a delegation from the Vatican approached several … [Read more...]

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Are Vatican, China close to agreement on bishop selection?

Proposed compromise could draw fierce protests from Chinese Catholics

The following comes from an October 30 Wall Street Journal article by Francis X. Rocca And Chun Han Wong: VATICAN CITY—Negotiators for the Vatican and Beijing reached a compromise on who selects Catholic bishops in China, said people familiar with the matter, potentially marking a major step toward ending six decades of estrangement. If Pope Francis and Chinese leaders … [Read more...]

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