- Sep 20, 2020
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has argued that the Vatican’s agreement with China on the appointment of bishops has confused Catholics on the ground and has urged the Holy See to be vocal on China’s violations of human rights.
More than 100 British lawmakers signed a letter to the Chinese ambassador Wednesday condemning what they described as “a systematic and calculated programme of ethnic cleansing against the Uighur people” in China’s far western Xinjiang region.
Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong asked priests not to resort to using “slanderous and offensive statements” in their sermons.
The arrest of prominent Catholic millionaire and media tycoon Jimmy Lai in Hong Kong along with two of his sons and two executives of his Next Media company under China’s new national security law has raised concerns that prominent Catholic leaders he has supported could be next.
If St. John Newman were around today, he might be warning Pope Francis and his Vatican team about the dangers of the well-poisoning fallacy vis-à-vis China.
As Chinese central authorities tighten their grip on Hong Kong and as the world continues to hear news of the alleged repression of the country’s Uighur Muslim population, Pope Francis is the target of increasing pressure over his hesitancy to speak out.