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Cardinal Zen asks Chinese Bishops for Courage, No Compromise
Catholic Online ^ | 1/3/2009 | By James Wang

Posted on 01/04/2009 2:56:49 AM PST by GonzoII

The Cardinal asks the Bishops to follow the example of Saint Stephen the first Martyr and not compromise with the Regime.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - The bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, has asked all of the (official) bishops of China to be courageous, and not slip into compromises with the regime.

In an article in the January 4 edition of the diocesan weekly Gong Jiaobao, he urges Chinese bishops and priests to have the virtues of Saint Stephen, the first martyr, and not to submit constantly to directions of the state that are contrary to the faith: "to suffer for the faith will eventually bring victory, even if today everything seems lost."

In the article, entitled "Inspiration from the martyrdom of Saint Stephen," Cardinal Zen provides an analysis of the developments of the Catholic Church in China over the past two years, remembering the illicit episcopal ordinations (without the permission of the Holy See) in 2006, when - "regretfully," he says - a dozen bishops, approved by the Vatican, took part in the ceremony out of fear, and some of them perhaps through deceit.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: bishops; cardinal; cardinals; catholic; china; hongkong
Saint Stephen, pray for us and our Bishops.
1 posted on 01/04/2009 2:56:49 AM PST by GonzoII
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To: Mrs. Don-o; NYer; Salvation

Ping.


2 posted on 01/04/2009 2:59:21 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
 Cardinal Zen
3 posted on 01/04/2009 3:02:24 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Father Z calls him the Lion of Hong Kong.

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2009/01/the-lion-of-hong-kong/


4 posted on 01/04/2009 3:29:13 AM PST by clockwise
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