COMMENTARY: Moral pressure is really the only ‘power’ that the Catholic Church can exert on communist China. Will it do so now?
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Vatican Secretary of State ‘Very Sorry’ About Cardinal Zen Arrest, Hopes It Will Not Complicate Vatican-China Dialogue
Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s comments on China come as the Holy See’s provisional agreement with Beijing is due to expire in October.
The Holy See has chosen not to follow the lead of many EU countries, including Italy, that are already easing their COVID-19 restrictions.
The cardinal also reflected on measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19, which at times risked infringing on the right to religious freedom.
Since it was put in place, there have been six ordinations of Catholic bishops in China with the twofold approval of the Holy See and the Chinese government. The terms of the agreement have never been disclosed.
As a member of the Pope’s Council of Cardinal Advisers, Cardinal Parolin helped to shape the new Vatican constitution.
Cardinal Parolin told EWTN that goodwill was needed to achieve anything in the talks between the two parties.
“The words of Jesus our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount resound: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God,’” Cardinal Parolin said.
In his call with Lavrov, Cardinal Parolin called ‘for an end to armed attacks, for the securing of humanitarian corridors for civilians and rescuers, and for the replacement of gun violence with negotiation,’ the Vatican said.