In a post on the Catholic Herald entitled ‘In praise of China’s outspoken cardinal’, Fr Raymond de Souza reports:
“Cardinal Zen has history on his side, and he knows China better than any in the Vatican diplomatic corps. [T]he emeritus bishop of Hong Kong, will not go away quietly. Which makes it difficult for the Vatican diplomats to go quietly and cut a deal with Chinese regime. What is playing out now, as the Holy See reportedly nears a deal with China on normalising relations, revisits a centuries-long debate about how the Church should deal with hostile, persecuting powers.”
CP&S comment– One thing is certain, making a “deal” with “hostile, persecuting powers” is most definitely not the solution! But that is exactly what appears to be the plan of Pope Francis’ Vatican diplomats. Such a deal would be tantamount to throwing all those faithful Chinese Catholics of the underground Church to the lions. Have they not already suffered enough for their loyalty and devotion to Christ’s Church all these years under Communist interference and persecution, valiantly resisting any type of compromise with the truth? If this “deal” goes ahead with the atheistic Communist Government, it would be the ultimate betrayal.
Cardinal Zen has been doing everything in his power to put a stop to this “deal” and to open the eyes of the Pope and his aides of the terrible consequences that would follow if they were to go ahead.
Cardinal Zen: ‘A schismatic church with the Pope’s blessing will be horrible!’
ROME, February 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — Hong Kong’s Cardinal Joseph Zen issued another strongly-worded criticism today of the Vatican’s proposed deal with China’s Communist regime, suggesting it would amount to a papal endorsement of schism.
“There is no reason to fear a schismatic church created by the [Communist] party. It will fade with the collapse of the regime,” he wrote. “But a schismatic church with the Pope’s blessing will be horrible!”
Cardinal Zen’s comments came in response to a recent interview with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, published in the Italian daily La Stampa. Zen posted the commentary on his blog in both Chinese and Italian.
Reading the interview “disgusts me,” the archbishop emeritus of Hong Kong said.
He accused Cardinal Parolin of shedding “crocodile tears” for persecuted Catholics in China, saying he “adores Ostpolitik” but “despises the genuine faith of those who firmly defend the Church, founded by Jesus on the Apostles.”
Parolin professes to bring healing to persecuted Catholics in China through “the balm of mercy,” Zen said, but in reality he is “rubbing salt in their wounds” by rewarding traitors, castigating the faithful, and “forcing a legitimate bishop to cede his post to an excommunicated one.”
The “most repugnant thing” Zen said he found in the interview was Parolin’s “dishonest exploitation” of Pope Benedict XVI’s Letter to Catholics in China. He charged the Vatican Secretary of State with “manipulating” the letter to make himself appear to be a “faithful supporter” of Benedict’s work, when he actually “thwarted all of Pope Ratzinger’s efforts to bring the Church in China back to the right path.”
In the lengthy blogpost, Cardinal Zen also spoke of his relationship with Pope Francis. He said he is sorry if his revelation of their private conversations caused the Holy Father any embarrassment. But he said he “remains convinced” that there is a “divide” between the Pope’s thinking and that of his collaborators, and that they are “having a field day taking advantage of the Pope’s optimism to pursue their goals.”
“The communists want to enslave the Church,” he said. “There are those who refuse this slavery, and there are those who submit to it. Unfortunately, there are also those who embrace it.”
If one day the Holy See were to sign a “bad agreement” with China with the Pope’s approval, Cardinal Zen said he would “withdraw in silence to a ‘monastic life.’” In the meantime, he urged the faithful to pray for the Pope, that the Lord may “save him from the hands of his enemies.”
Here below is a LifeSite translation from the Italian of Cardinal Zen’s full text. The [underlined] emphasis is the cardinal’s.
I still can’t understand understand what they are dialoguing with China over
by Cardinal Joseph Zen