- Jan 19, 2021
Over the past week top officials from both China and the Vatican have given indications that the controversial agreement between the two on the appointment of bishops, which expires at the end of this month, will be renewed.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, a vocal opponent of Pope Francis’s approach to China, in a new interview has called his contact with the Vatican in his time as a cardinal “disastrous,” particularly on the issue of engagement with Beijing, and criticized two former top Vatican officials.
An event held this week at the Taiwanese Embassy to the Holy See was one of the rare moments in which the majority-Buddhist nation showed its face in Rome despite keeping a low profile – a trend which has increased following the Vatican’s deal with China on the appointment of bishops last year.
In recent weeks the Vatican has come under increasing fire for its preliminary agreement with China on the appointment of bishops, with many arguing that Francis has given authorities too much leeway, however, an approach of dialogue, allowance and even compromise is nothing new for the Vatican on China but is a papal strategy with communist regimes dating back to St. Paul VI.