A slap in the face to millions of Catholics?

Once-imprisoned Chinese human rights activist says Communist Party responsible for deaths of more than 400 million unborn children

Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng called the Vatican’s pact with China over the selection of bishops “preposterous” in a sharp critique of the Sino-Vatican agreement published Monday. The September agreement is “a slap in the face to millions of Catholics and other faithful religious people in China who have suffered real persecution under the CCP,” Chen wrote in … [Read more...]

Cardinal Zen delivers new letter on China to Pope Francis

He flew to Rome to beg pope to pay attention of the crisis engulfing the underground Catholic Church in China

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told ucanews.com that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to … [Read more...]

Pope recognizes illicitly ordained Chinese bishops

Vatican announces decision after provisional Vatican-China deal on the nomination of bishops was signed in Beijing on Sept. 22

After the signing Saturday of a provisional Vatican-China deal on the nomination of bishops, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ recognition of seven illicitly ordained Chinese bishops. The decision was made “with a view to sustaining the proclamation of the Gospel in China,” according to a Sept. 22 Vatican press brief. Those bishops who will now be admitted to full communion … [Read more...]

Reports: Vatican delegation to travel to China to finalize agreement later this month

China and the Vatican most likely agreed that the future bishops in China should be approved by the Chinese government and mandated by the Pope"

A newspaper tied to the Chinese Communist Party reported Tuesday that a delegation of Vatican officials will head to China “in late September” for a final round of talks before an agreement on the appointment of bishops is signed. Citing unnamed “sources familiar with the matter,” the Global Times, an English-language newspaper that reflects the position of Chinese … [Read more...]

Archbishop McCarrick’s unofficial role in Vatican-China relations

Former cardinal had been a proponent of a deal between Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Church under Pope Francis

Following reports that the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China could be about to sign an agreement on the appointment of bishops in the country, attention has turned to the role of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick in fostering Vatican-China relations over the last two decades. Over 20 years, Archbishop McCarrick travelled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes … [Read more...]

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...]

China expert: Vatican official “naive”

Bishop Sorondo recently declared China as the best implementer of Church’s social doctrine

A leading commentator on the Church in China said a Vatican official’s proclamation that the Communist state “is the best implementer of the Church’s social doctrine” is making “a laughing stock of the Church.” Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, said in an interview with the Spanish-language edition … [Read more...]

Vatican bishop praises China

Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences: “Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese”

“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” a senior Vatican official has said. Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist state as “extraordinary”, saying: “You do not have shantytowns, you do not have drugs, young people do not take drugs”. Instead, there … [Read more...]

Asia News: Vatican asks legitimate Chinese bishops to step aside in favor of illegitimate ones

The Holy See has asked Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou to retire in order to give way to an excommunicated bishop, while another Vatican-appointed bishop was asked to downgrade himself as the assistant of an illicit bishop

The Holy See has asked Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou in southern Guangdong province to retire in order to give way to an excommunicated bishop while another Vatican-appointed bishop was asked to downgrade himself as the assistant of an illicit bishop. This is the second time in three months that the Holy See made the resignation demand on Bishop Zhuang, who was … [Read more...]

US ends funding for United Nations Population Fund

China's forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations were aided by program

The United States has ended funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), saying the agency's support for Chinese population control programs violates an amendment banning funds for partners of coercive abortion or sterilization programs. “This determination was made based on the fact that China's family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion … [Read more...]