Cardinal Zen has criticized the lack of transparency over the Vatican’s handling of China.
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‘We fear we’re at the end of the road,’ Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, told the Register.
Father Bernardo Cervellera, editor of Asia News, discusses the political and spiritual dynamics in play in the pushback against the legislation, which would allow handovers to mainland China.
Asia News reported that the priests are being ‘indoctrinated on the religious policy of the Chinese government.’
The former bishop of Hong Kong wrote a New York Times op-ed published Wednesday.
The most prominent critic of the current Vatican approach to Holy See-China relations is the Salesian bishop emeritus of Hong Kong.
The Holy See is searching for an agreement that will reunify the Catholic Church in China’s underground and official communities.
In an exclusive Register interview, the Chinese archbishop discusses his concerns about reports of an impending agreement between Rome and Beijing.
Analysts interpret the apparent turnabout by the Shanghai bishop, who has been jailed since 2012 for distancing himself from the state-controlled Patriotic Association, as a pressure tactic by China’s Communist regime.