- May 15, 2021
Over the weekend China’s new regulations for religious personnel went into effect, obliging those who hold any formal role to, among other things, pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party and to resist foreign interference.
One month after the Vatican and China extended a provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, an episcopal ordination and an a papal criticism have illustrated the complicated back-and-forth relationship between the two in terms of attempts to strengthen ties
Following yesterday’s announcement of the renewal of the Vatican-China provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, Taiwan has voiced concern over religious freedom and human rights.
No matter what a leader actually says or does, if he or she allows an impression to be created and doesn’t publicly disown it, then it belongs to them.
Amid a chorus of criticism, the Vatican announced Thursday the highly-anticipated renewal of its provisional agreement with China on the appointment of bishops meaning that for the next two years, the door is still open to possible diplomatic ties.
“Parolin knows he himself is lying. He knows that I know he is a liar. He knows that I will tell everyone that he is a liar,” wrote Cardinal Joseph Zen, a former bishop of Hong Kong and a longtime critic of appeasement when it comes to China’s Communist authorities.
Part one of a three-part Crux interview with British Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, effectively the Vatican’s Foreign Minister, in which he says the Vatican expects its controversial deal with China to be renewed by the end of the month.
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.