Cardinal Zen himself suggested last month that Cardinal Víctor Manuel Fernández, resign because of the confusion over the latest document by the DDF.
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The bishop emeritus of Hong Kong posted an Oct. 12 statement on his website.
Cardinal Zen’s letter warns of attempts to depart from the traditional ecclesiastical order, suggesting any apparent democratic reorientation is coupled with proposed revolutionary changes in Church constitution and moral teachings on sexuality.
All of those nominated have been involved in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, especially since 2019, when large-scale protests against authoritarian Chinese rule erupted on the territory, which is a special administrative region of China.
The former bishop of Hong Kong revealed that he had already been experiencing some health difficulties before he received permission from a Hong Kong court to travel to Rome for the Jan. 5 funeral of Benedict XVI.
In the interview, Cardinal Zen also reflected on his private meeting with Pope Francis, when he was allowed to travel to Rome for the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI earlier this month.
The cardinal posted photos showing him embracing Benedict XVI’s closed coffin and greeting Pope Francis in front of Michelangelo’s Pietà on the morning of the funeral.
A magistrate ruled on Jan. 3 that the Chinese cardinal would be allowed to leave Hong Kong for five days with his previously confiscated passport temporarily returned to him.
Cardinal Zen, who in his retirement has been an outspoken critic of the Holy See’s provisional agreement with Beijing, said that he did not believe that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI should have kept quiet after he resigned from the papacy.
Along with Cardinal Zen and Ng, singer-activist Denise Ho, cultural studies scholar Hui Po-Keung, and ex-legislator Cyd Ho have also appealed the conviction.