- Nov 28, 2020
“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.
With the Vatican expected to renew its provisional agreement with China on the appointment of bishops later this month, Taiwan has been conspicuously silent from the conversation.
As Italy’s coronavirus numbers are again on the rise and more public restrictions appear to be looming, Taiwan has stepped up to offer help through financial and sanitary assistance.
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.
The Vatican doubled down Saturday on its intent to pursue continued dialogue with China over bishop nominations, defending a deal it did with the Chinese government in 2018 as necessary to the life of the Catholic Church there, over strong U.S. objections.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said there is no connection between the timing of the return of Australian Cardinal George Pell to Rome and the recent resignation of Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who are known rivals in the bid to reform the finances of the Holy See.