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Prospects for China-Vatican Dialogue are Bleak, Say Clergy
UCA News ^ | 10/31/12

Posted on 11/01/2012 6:33:17 AM PDT by marshmallow

Bishops and priests in mainland China are pessimistic that their government will respond to a Vatican senior official’s invitation to enter into a new dialogue.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, issued a message last Thursday, titled Five years after the publication of Benedict XVI’s letter to the Church in China.

While reiterating the Church’s stance, the cardinal showed his openness to restarting dialogue with the Chinese authorities and resolving the impasse in Sino-Vatican relations.

A parallel report from Fides Service, a website run by the Congregation, also spelled out the prefect’s hope for the creation of a “high-level” commission between China and the Vatican.

However, a mainland bishop who is recognized by both the Vatican and Beijing thinks the invitation will yield no result as the government “doesn’t care about the Church or the Vatican. They never want to have sincere dialogue.”

Speaking on condition of anonymity, he said: “The government will not make any response because its top priority is to maintain stability on the eve of the National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party and ensure smooth transition of the state leadership.”

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