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Hong Kong cardinal is a thorn to Beijing, a beacon for Vatican
Int'l Herald Tribune ^ | July 7, 2006 | Keith Bradsher

Posted on 07/07/2006 1:37:49 PM PDT by NYer

HONG KONG Mass had scarcely ended on June 4 when a gaggle of young women flocked to the front of the cathedral. Groups of them took turns having their friends take photos of them with the thin, silver-haired, 74-year-old who so captured their fancy: Cardinal Joseph Zen Zi-kiun.

He smiled gently for the photo, then walked across an alley to an indoor basketball court with a concrete floor and rusty fans on the walls that barely stirred the warm, humid air. After a youth group had sung religious songs, and after a slide show depicting the Chinese military crackdown in Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, he read a strongly worded message calling for residents of Hong Kong to remember their countrymen elsewhere in China.

 
"The young people who fought and died for democracy in Tiananmen Square were their brothers and sisters," he said. "After June 4, we can no longer fight selfishly just to win the most rights for Hong Kong."
 
With his charisma, erudition and unyielding dedication to human rights, Zen has become a celebrity here, a man wielding considerable political as well as religious influence. But his high profile and growing influence have antagonized senior officials in mainland China, particularly those who oversee the state-controlled church.
 
His elevation to cardinal in February was called "a hostile act" by Liu Bainian, the general secretary of the state- run Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Chinese officials routinely blame Zen for their troubled relations with the Vatican, notably when China pushed through the consecration of two bishops this spring without the approval of the Holy See.
 

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KEYWORDS: beijing; cardinal; catholic; china; christian; hongkong; vatican; zen

New cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, Archbishop of Hong Kong is pictured during the traditionnal courtesy visit, 24 March 2006 in Vatican, at the consistory.
1 posted on 07/07/2006 1:37:53 PM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

All the mealymouthed Western "Christians" who believe in playing the appeasement game with the Communist puppet churches and kissing the behinds of government officials when they visit China, should stare at the ground in shame when this courageous man's name is mentioned.


2 posted on 07/07/2006 1:40:36 PM PDT by wideawake ("The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten." - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...
Zen grew up in a low-income neighborhood on the outskirts of Shanghai, where as a boy he enjoyed family trips to a Salesian church atop a hill on the city's outskirts. The Salesian order is named after St. Francis of Sales, and is dedicated to the education and care of poor youth.

"That holy shrine is really an attraction, and so when we were children it was a big event to be able to go on pilgrimage to the holy shrine," he recalled in an interview.

Thank the Salesians!

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3 posted on 07/07/2006 1:41:12 PM PDT by NYer (Discover the beauty of the Eastern Catholic Churches - freepmail me for more information.)
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Those of us who are not Catholic can criticize the Church for their past sins but it is people like this that do God's work here on earth that make me believe they deserve respect and love as allies of free peoples everywhere.
4 posted on 07/07/2006 1:45:35 PM PDT by FreeLuna
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Just look at him smile. He knows what the stakes are. The Light of the Lord shines through Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun. You have my prayers.


5 posted on 07/07/2006 2:09:57 PM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Look, I'm already bitter and twisted enough today as it is, don't you start now!" -- Canard)
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To: FreeLuna
"Those of us who are not Catholic can criticize the Church for their past sins"

Really? Like what? Bringing down the Soviet Union?

6 posted on 07/07/2006 2:11:12 PM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Look, I'm already bitter and twisted enough today as it is, don't you start now!" -- Canard)
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To: wideawake

You're right again!!


7 posted on 07/07/2006 2:11:42 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|The IRA are actually terrorists, any questions?)
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To: FreeLuna

Um... Catholics can also criticize the Church - I know, I'm one.

I just look at it with perspective - the Roman Catholic Church has done more good than evil.


8 posted on 07/07/2006 2:28:23 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|The IRA are actually terrorists, any questions?)
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Chinese officials routinely blame Zen for their troubled relations with the Vatican

I wonder if Cardinal Zen has ever given a thought to his brothers in Taiwan as he urges the Vatican to abandon the country that allows freedom of religion and switch their recognition to the repressive ChiComs in Beijing?

9 posted on 07/07/2006 2:38:34 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Happy New Year! Breed like dogs!)
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To: StAnDeliver
No, like covering for priests that molest children...for one thing. You can not contend that the Church hasn't had its share of critics..my point was that it is a force for good in this world despite the criticisms.
10 posted on 07/07/2006 3:25:33 PM PDT by FreeLuna
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To: NYer
The picture you posted is of Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-Suk.

This is Cardinal Joseph Zen:

Here's a wonderful story about him in The Tablet: Long March of an Only Son

11 posted on 07/07/2006 5:13:59 PM PDT by Carolina
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Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong, China, offers Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Tridentine rite
12 posted on 07/07/2006 5:39:15 PM PDT by ELS (Vivat Benedictus XVI!)
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