Skip to comments.Chinese Paper Says Diplomatic Ties with Vatican Inevitable
Posted on 02/09/2018 4:41:18 PM PST by marshmallow
BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China and the Vatican will establish formal diplomatic relations sooner or later because Pope Francis has the wisdom to resolve problems between the two sides, a state-run Chinese newspaper said on Tuesday, amid increasing controversy over the issue.
A framework accord between the Vatican and China on the appointment of bishops is ready and could be signed in a few months in what would be an historic breakthrough in relations, a senior Vatican source said last week.
But on Monday, Cardinal Joseph Zen, 86, the outspoken former bishop of Hong Kong said the Vatican is selling out Chinas underground Catholics and forcing them into a bird cage, raising the ante in his recent criticisms which had already sparked a rebuke from the Vatican.
An even partial resolution of the thorny issue of who gets to appoint bishops could open the way for a resumption of diplomatic relations nearly 70 years after they were cut during the Communist takeover of China, when missionaries were expelled from the country.
Beijing later established the official Catholic Patriotic Association, which does not recognize the Pope, while underground Catholic communities that remain loyal to the Vatican have been systematically persecuted for decades.
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I guess the pope got his mind right.
I suspect Francis may be trying to abort the heretofore rapid spread of the tue Church in China. If he succeeds in snuffing out the Catholic Church in China, and the Commie Church is NOT any part of the Church, then he is ceding the Christianization of China to the Protestants. Francis, indeed, seems to be abjuring Catholicism in the Roman Catholic Church in favor of some sort of Holy Dissolution.
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