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Vatican 'too Optimistic' in Talks with China Says Visiting Hong Kong Cardinal
The Boston Pilot ^ | 9/29/17 | Mark Labbe

Posted on 10/02/2017 5:29:24 PM PDT by marshmallow

OUTH BOSTON -- At 85, said Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, "I do two things only: talking and rest, rest and talking." He laughed.

It has been several years since the cardinal last visited Boston, but he seemed at home sitting at a meeting table in St. James the Greater Church, Sept. 25, drinking hot tea that parochial vicar Father Peter Shen had just prepared.

Much has changed since he was last in the area: a new pope was elected, as was a new U.S. president. Cultural trends have come and gone, and some of the social norms have shifted. Yet, despite the changes, the cardinal's message was the same: the need for reform in the Catholic Church in China.

"It's in a very dangerous situation. I think I am in the unique position to have a say on that because of my experience, my opportunity to know very well China, to know very well the Holy See," said Cardinal Zen.

Born in Shanghai, Cardinal Zen fled to Hong Kong at a young age to escape communist rule. He became a priest, and began teaching at an institute in Hong Kong, as well as in seminaries in China. He became Bishop of Hong Kong in 2002 and was elevated to cardinal by Pope Benedict in 2006. He served in Hong Kong until his retirement in 2009.

For the last several years, Cardinal Zen has spent a great deal of time traveling across the globe, speaking out about the Catholic Church in China.

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Religion & Politics

1 posted on 10/02/2017 5:29:24 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Perhaps the Vatican plans on giving China whatever they want, hence the reason for the optimism.

2 posted on 10/02/2017 8:02:15 PM PDT by CASchack
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