- Oct 28, 2020
Two storylines are fighting it out to dominate Vatican coverage, and so far it’s no contest: A media frenzy over a few seconds of papal verbiage on civil unions has overwhelmed the Vatican and China renewing their deal on the appointment of bishops for another two years.
“We tried to argue that it was in the interests of everybody, church and state, that he be allowed to return to the country,” said British Archbishop Paul Gallagher. “They do not share that opinion, and I’m not overly optimistic that they’re going to move on that one.”
Archbishop Paul Gallagher also suggested the Vatican would be willing to reconsider its long-standing insistence on a two-state solution for the Israeli/Palestinian conflict should all parties converge on some other outcome that’s both just and fair.
Part one of a three-part Crux interview with British Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, effectively the Vatican’s Foreign Minister, in which he says the Vatican expects its controversial deal with China to be renewed by the end of the month.
Watching US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Vatican this week play out, it seems possible that some of the obvious testiness over China is because both sides are making flawed assumptions about the other.
Vatican Secretary of State Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said he was surprised when his U.S. counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, published an article criticizing Pope Francis for his position on China, saying it wasn’t the right venue for the discussion to take place.