Skip to comments.China’s Hardline Continues as Pope Francis is Installed
Posted on 03/20/2013 6:35:10 AM PDT by marshmallow
Little has changed in Chinas official attitude toward the Vatican since Chairman Mao famously described Christians and other religious groups as, enemies without guns. During the most intense years of the Maoist era, the Chairman praised the life-and-death class struggle between religion and the People, and continued: The enemies without guns are more hidden, cunning, sinister and vicious than the enemies with guns. While Chinas rhetoric has softened somewhat since Mao, it still adheres to its position that the Catholic Church interferes in Chinas affairs under the cloak of religion.
Chinas spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, expressed Chinas congratulations for his installation as the new Pope, but warned that the Vatican, must stop interfering in Chinas internal affairs, including in the name of religion. She then asserted Chinas demand that Pope Francis sever ties with Taiwan. Beijings Communist Party, which severed ties with the Vatican in 1951, was angry that a Taiwan representative attended Pope Francis installation, and refused to send a representative from Mainland China. The Holy See, however, did not issue specific invitations to the installation Mass, and as Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, stated, No one is privileged, no one is refused, everyone is welcome if they say they are coming."
One of the most common refrains I hear from Chinese Catholics is, It is our dream that the Pope will someday come to China.
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It is our dream that the Pope will someday come to China.
And one day it will happen.
The Communist apparatchiks are nothing, if not absolutely predictable.
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