Catholics in China already are perplexed by a secret deal the Vatican has made with Beijing, and now Pope Francis has told Chinese bishops they should show âloyaltyâ to the communist regime.
The pope said, according to an article Sunday in the Vatican newspaper LâOsservatore Romano, that seven Chinese bishops newly acknowledged by the Vatican should show ârespect and loyalty to civil authoritiesâ while adhering to their faith, reported Breitbart News.
The pope urged âall the Bishops to renew their total adherence to Christ and to the Church.â
But he also said that âas members of the Chinese people, they are obliged to show respect and loyalty to the civil authorities.â
Barnes Commentary wrote: ....It could not be and never was a question, whether they should obey a magistrate when he commanded a thing that was plainly contrary to the law of God. But the question was, whether they should obey a heathen magistrate at all. This question the apostle answers in the affirmative, because God had made government necessary, and because it was arranged and ordered by his providence. Probably, also, the apostle had another object in view. At the time in which he wrote this epistle, the Roman empire was agitated with civil dissensions. One emperor followed another in rapid succession. The throne was often seized, not by right, but by crime. Different claimants would rise, and their claims would excite controversy. The object of the apostle was to prevent Christians from entering into those disputes, and from taking an active part in a political controversy. Besides, the throne had been usurped by the reigning emperors, and there was a prevalent disposition to rebel against a tyrannical government.... the apostle wished to guard Christians from taking an active part in political affairs....
The above comments don't really apply to the Catholic Church.
Neil wrote: No different from Italy's Lateran Accord of 1929. In spite of Mussolini's atheism, the RCC was declared the state religion of Italy. Azione Cattolica in turn urged the public to vote for fascists. This is an example of Frank's point.
Dear Neil, here in Italy, up untill the early 1950's, it was still possible to get arrested for being an evangelical. I have the honor of attending a church with such brothers and sisters.
The RCC believes that in order to be relevant, they must exist. Now that sounds logical, but that also means they will do anything necessary to exist. In the old communist countries, they submitted to the government, they turned in Christians who didnât submit or travelling missionaries, etc. I read where during the crusades if they were caught, they were told to convert and then confess later.
What they do is absorb their deviants. IOW, you donât have to turn away from Voodooism. Someone can practice almost any heresy there is as long as they are confessing catholics and go to confession.
Oh to be Catholic these days, during the 1967 cultural revolution, thousands of Catholics were either killed or intermed in â re-education campsâ for decades. This Jesuit Communist is a bomb thrower for nearly 1 billion Catholics. Just wait till he embraces Islam, oh never mind, he already did. Luther is right, the pope and the Catholic Church is the anti christ.