- Feb 25, 2020
At a major Rome summit on Saturday, leaders of the opposition to Pope Francis’s document “Amoris Laetitia” insisted “we cannot be ignored,” but it’s not clear they jarred Pope Francis out of his “Just don’t look!” strategy.
A major Rome summit on Saturday is hardly the first time the Church has seen a rift between the pope and some of his bishops.
“I am still optimistic,” said former bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal John Tong Hon, referring to the possibility of an upcoming deal on the election of bishops between the Vatican and China.
As rumors fly of an imminent Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops, a Belgian priest known as an expert on China said he thinks an agreement might really happen.
Vatican diplomats’ efforts to reach an agreement with the Chinese government would turn bishops into government officials who cannot adequately shepherd their flock, Cardinal Joseph Zen has said.
In a recent blog post Cardinal Joseph Zen has issued another harsh critique of the rumored Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops, calling it an act of “suicide” and a “shameless surrender” to the communist government.