- Nov 24, 2020
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vatican officials discussed their differences over China on Thursday, the Vatican said, a day after tensions over the Holy See’s outreach to Beijing spilled out in public.
Watching US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to the Vatican this week play out, it seems possible that some of the obvious testiness over China is because both sides are making flawed assumptions about the other.
Vatican Secretary of State Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said he was surprised when his U.S. counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, published an article criticizing Pope Francis for his position on China, saying it wasn’t the right venue for the discussion to take place.
By publishing a recent article warning Pope Francis and the Vatican that their moral authority is at risk should they renew a 2018 deal with China over bishops, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo injected a sense of a high-stakes showdown to his visit to the Vatican this week.
The Vatican on Tuesday answered critics and justified its pursuit of an extended agreement with China on bishop nominations, acknowledging difficulties but insisting the effort had achieved limited, positive results.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has argued that the Vatican’s agreement with China on the appointment of bishops has confused Catholics on the ground and has urged the Holy See to be vocal on China’s violations of human rights.