- May 26, 2020
A bishop who has resisted demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation.
Although China and the Vatican signed a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops in September, persecution of Chinese Catholics continues.
Four priests from the underground Catholic Church in China’s Hebei province have been taken into police custody for indoctrination.
The recent agreement between the Vatican and China is a step towards the “annihilation” of the Catholic Church in China, Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Kong, wrote in a New York Times op-ed published on Wednesday.
The Vatican is still planning to interfere in affairs of the Catholic Church in China, a provincial religious affairs official told local Catholic representatives at a government seminar.
The Catholic Church is one throughout the world, and Pope Francis’s agreement with the communist government of China is a sign of that, Bishop John Baptist Yang Xiaoting of Yan’an told members of a Rome parish.