- Apr 16, 2021
The Vatican on Tuesday answered critics and justified its pursuit of an extended agreement with China on bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting the effort had achieved limited, positive results.
Nury Turkel, a Uighur American on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, who is a human rights advocate for Uighur Muslims and others persecuted for their religious faith, made Time magazine’s 2020 list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
The social unrest and divisions in general Hong Kong society have carried over to the Catholic community, said Cardinal John Tong Hon, who encouraged Catholics instead to follow what Jesus taught in the beatitudes.
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.