Strongly denouncing the Vatican’s pending agreement with the Communist Chinese government on a shared role in the appointment of Catholic bishops, famed Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng said the Vatican “has abandoned its principles” and is “making a deal with the Devil,” the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“After the CCP holds the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in March this year, Beijing will send representatives to the Vatican to sign the agreement,” said Chen in a commentary published by Radio Free Asia and translated by Chinascope.org.
“This, in fact, is the equivalent of selling out God’s home to the Devil,” said Chen.
The Vatican’s Nevile Chamberlain-esque appeasement toward the CCP has been denounced by other China-watchers, including Cardinal Joseph Zen, the coadjutor bishop of Hong Kong. Cardinal Zen has described the Vatican-China plan as “suicidal” and believes the Vatican is “selling out the Catholic Church in China.”
Since 1951, when the Communists took over China, the government has sought to eradicate all religion and, if not destroy it, then control it, much as America’s Democratic Party is doing in the United States today.
The Vatican has not had normal diplomatic relations with China for nearly 70 years. To counter the real Catholic Church in China, which is largely underground, the CCP established the Catholic Patriotic Association in 1958, which appoints its own clergy.
Because the CPA upholds the Communist tenants of the Chinese government, they are incompatible with Catholicism, otherwise called being “in schism” or “schismatic”. Some of the policies espoused by the Chinese government include the one-child, now-two-child policy, as well as forced abortions, contraception, etcetera.
Nonetheless, the Vatican wants to establish normal relations with the Communist regime and reportedly has worked out a deal that will allow the CPA to appoint its own bishops but give the Vatican a veto.
In addition to criticizing the Vatican plan, Chen Guangcheng sharply denounced the pro-Communist China remarks of Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorodono, the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences in Rome.
In early February, Bishop Sorodono said,
“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese.” He praised the brutal Communist regime as”extraordinary,” and falsely asserted, “You do not have shanty towns, you do not have drugs, young people do not take drugs,” and there is a “positive national conscience.”
Chen Guangcheng said,
“Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo’s recent remarks are disconcerting. I cannot but ask: Are they pretending to be naive, or are they really that naive? Are they really trying to lead the Catholic Church, which has more than one billion followers, to make a deal with the anti-Christian and antichrist CCP?”
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