VATICAN (ChurchMilitant.com) – An official at Holy See reaffirms that the secret agreement signed with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in September 2018 will be renewed.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Foreign Minister told reporters on Monday that Holy See and the atheist CCP are ready to renew their agreement, which expires before October.
Parolin’s claim confirms the words of other prelates such as Italian Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli and Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo.
“The agreement is a temporary agreement that expires, as you said, in September this year. We need to find a formula. We need to see what we do after this deadline. I think we probably should reaffirm it for one or two years, “Celli, former president of the Papal Council for Social Communication, said on Italian television in June.
Celli, who played a role in the negotiations on the Vatican-China agreement in 2018, argued that “the Catholic Church in China must be fully Chinese, but fully Catholic! There are no discounts to make.”
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On our journey, we must all be faithful to the gospel. It’s not an easy path, but it seems we have taken a respectful path trying to understand each other … to see how to still resolve the remaining knots and the situations that undoubtedly leave [us] much more than thoughtful – I would say worried. However, we must continue it.
According to Global TimesSorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, confirmed the renewal in August, saying “They want to renew it, which means the initial experience went well.”
”Total salesof the church
In China, the CCP only officially recognizes Catholics belonging to the Chinese Patriotic Association (CPA), which is a communist-controlled part of the state. Catholics who are loyal to the Holy See and do not belong to the CPA are called the “underground church.”
Cardinal Joseph Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, told Church Militant in February that the Vatican’s handling of the underground church constitutes a “total sale”. One of two living Chinese cardinals, Zen knows no details about the Vatican-China 2018 deal that is likely to be renewed.
Zen explained in the interview that the “total sale” took place in three stages.
Cdl. Joseph Zen explains how he feels that the underground church in China is being abandoned
“The first step was the secret agreement [Vatican-China agreement reached in September 2018] to select bishops and then legitimize the seven excommunicated bishops – ask the legitimate underground bishops to resign, “he said. And then last June, the document came out – the so-called pastoral guide that encouraged people to join it [Catholic] Patriotic Association. “
Asked in July 2019 if the persecution increased for the underground church after the 2018 agreement Vatican-China, Cdl. Zen replied“Yes, it’s obvious to anyone who’s following the events in the news. It’s really a horrible thing; the most worrying element is that the deal was secret, so we do not know what’s in the deal.”
The cardinal lamented how the deal led to complete confusion and increased persecution.
The persecution increased for the underground church after the agreement between the Vatican and China in 2018.
“So when the government comes to say, ‘do this’ and’ do this’ to our people here, they ask why. They ask, ‘Did the Pope already agree? “Then the people say, ‘We do not know; we do not know what the Pope promised you – what he agreed on,’ he said.
Zen explained that before there was an agreement, there was a kind of compromise on many points. For example, he said that the underground church could have its church buildings and underground priests, even in the cities, and could say masses for the believers, even if the law is against it.
“But for a long time, the authorities never enforced these laws,” he said. “Now they are enforcing these laws. So it’s a much tougher persecution after the deal; it’s awful.”
Zen vs. Parolin
Cardinal Zen further told Church Militant in February that he has evidence to believe that Cdl. Parolin is not a man of God. In July, Zen said, “[w]with the ‘pastoral guidelines’ [the third step in the “total sellout”] Cardinal Parolin earned the final blow for murdering the church in China. ”
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“Parolin now alone completes the trilogy of killing the church in China,” he added.
In 2019, Parolin told Global Times the Vatican-China agreement bears fruit. “For Pope Francis … the greatest interest in the ongoing dialogue at the pastoral level is: He has placed great trust and respect in the Chinese people and their culture for millennia with the well-founded hope of receiving an equally sincere and positive response. , “he said.
Since Holy See does not appoint more bishops underground, the community will die.
“For the future, it will certainly be important to deepen this theme, especially the relationship between ‘inculturation’ and ‘syndication’, remembering how the Chinese leadership has been able to reiterate their willingness not to undermine nature and the doctrine of every religion, ”Parolin claimed.
But the exact opposite is the truth for the faithful Catholic Church in China, according to Cdl. Zen.
“Since Holy See does not appoint more bishops underground, society will die of natural deaths, but faith can survive in the ‘catacombs,'” Zen concluded.
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