- Feb 21, 2020
A leading commentator on the Church in China said a Vatican official’s proclamation that the Communist state “is the best implementer of the Church’s social doctrine” is making “a laughing stock of the Church.”
Multiple news reports indicate the Vatican has made substantial progress in reaching an agreement with China’s communist government on the naming of bishops for several dioceses.
New stricter religious affairs regulations in China should prompt believers to become more aware of how to defend their rights, said Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
In the wake of criticism of the Vatican’s overtures to the communist government in China from the former Bishop of Hong Kong, the pope’s chief advisor said the Vatican’s negotiations move along two lines: Constructive openness to dialogue and fidelity to the genuine Tradition of the Church.
Pope Francis is in constant contact with Vatican officials dealing with issues surrounding China, and it is “surprising” that others in the Church are stating the contrary, according to a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican press office.
A recent suggestion by Cardinal Joseph Zen that the Vatican risks “selling out” the Church in China by placating Beijing’s desire for government-approved bishops raises the question of why the Vatican seems so eager for a deal with China in the first place.