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Cardinal says Vatican-China deal would put Catholics in communist cage
A senior Catholic cardinal accused the Vatican on Friday of acting â€śunfaithfullyâ€ť in its rapprochement with China, saying it would put the countryâ€™s some 12 million faithful in a bird cage controlled by the Communist Party.
Addressing a news conference, Hong Kongâ€™s outspoken Cardinal Joseph Zen also said he was highly skeptical of a deal that reportedly would give Pope Francis the final say in the appointment of bishops, the key part of the agreement.
Nearly 70 years after China and the Vatican severed diplomatic relations, the two sides recently reached a framework accord on the thorny issue of who gets to appoint new Chinese bishops and a historic deal could be signed in a few months....
Many western missionary orgs and churches have already done the same, they made deals with Pentecostal African churches, Catholics, Seven Day Adventist. About 2 years ago I visited the largest foreign church in Beijing, and during alter call asked them to pray for me, and their prayer was that holy rain would pour out on my city. It was sad, and I felt so alone.
The Catholic Church thinks their bishops should have this power anywhere in the world, and of course, the Chinese Communist government would certainly not approve of it. So, Catholic bishops would have to be under their thumb.
I really don't care what the Communist government does with the Catholic Church, unfortunately thier heavy hand also applies to actual Christians such as Protestants there.
Now I have never been to China and I didnâ€™t read the article.
In communist countries you have two enemies. The first is the communist government who might arrest you for evangelism or fabricate a crime if they know your purpose is to evangelize. The other enemy is the catholic church who will turn you into authorities whenever they get the chance.
The catholic churches history shows they believe that someone cannot be relevant unless they survive. That is why during the crusades they were free to confess Islam because they could simply confess it.
I hope everyone realizes just how anti-Christian their survival concept is.