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  • [Catholic Caucus] What Do Vatican Officials Think to Gain in their Agreement with China?

    05/31/2018 9:40:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 31, 2018 | Steven W. Mosher
    After expressing my concerns from afar about the Vatican’s proposed agreement with the China here and here, I decided to go to Rome to talk directly with senior Vatican officials. As someone who has worked with the Chinese Catholics for decades, I wanted to find out what these officials thought the Church would gain from inking an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party. I also wanted to let them know that, in my opinion, such an agreement would be seen by Chinese believers as nothing short of a rank betrayal. So it was that last week in Rome I met...
  • Ahead of China-Vatican dialogue, a five-year plan to Sinicize the Church under the Party

    05/31/2018 1:50:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies ^ | May 31, 2018 | Wang Zhicheng
    The plan omits specific details. Sinicization launched by Xi Jinping in 2015, demanding an assimilation of Chinese culture, independence from "foreign forces", leadership of the Communist Party. A new meeting between the Chinese and Vatican delegations at the beginning of June. But few are optimistic. For the Archbishop of Taipei there is no agreement yet. Attention to the "Pastoral Bible", which re-interprets the Gospel, adapting it to communism. Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics (PA) and the Council of Chinese Bishops (BCCC) have launched a "Five-Year Plan of Development for the Sinicization of the Catholic Church in...
  • The Latest From Santa Marta: There Is an American Conspiracy Against...

    05/29/2018 11:14:39 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 29, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Settimo Cielo reported on May 7 on the intensification of the anti-Catholic repression in Henan, the populous province halfway between Beijing and Shanghai, traditionally considered the cradle of Chinese civilization. Just over a week later, however, the website Vatican Insider, known for its connections to Pope Francis, published under the byline of Gianni Valente a refutation of the fear that the Catholic Church is in the crosshairs of the Chinese authorities and that from the province of Henan the anti-Catholic repression could extend to all of China:> China, the “strange case” of the Henan churches closed to childrenIn Valente’s judgment,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope: Be ‘Spiritually United’ with Chinese Catholics

    05/24/2018 7:06:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | May 24, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    Call comes amid evidence of Communist infiltration of Church in China Pope Francis is calling faithful across the world to be "spiritually united" with Chinese Catholics. On Thursday, the Pontiff dedicated morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta to the "noble Chinese people" who, he acknowledged, are enduring many "difficulties." May 24, the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, is celebrated in China as the Feast of Our Lady of Sheshan. It is a special day for Chinese Catholics. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24 the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, composing a special prayer through the intercession of Our Lady...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pioneers of the Underground Church in China

    05/18/2018 4:06:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 11, 2018 | Teresa Marie Moreau
    And fear ye not them that kill the body and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. - Matthew 10:28 From love, Timothy Peter Leonard was created, and from hate, he was destroyed.Born on the Feast of the Holy Apostles, June 29, 1893, the County Limerick native seemed destined to win a martyr’s crown, like Saint Peter, who was crucified upside down in Nero’s amphitheater, and Saint Paul, who was beheaded with a sword in Aquae Salviae.But rather than in Rome, the Eternal City, he would win...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Chinese Catholics warned by provincial officials not to take children to Mass

    04/18/2018 4:44:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic News Service via Crux ^ | April 18, 2018 | Contributor
    Catholics in China’s Henan province have been warned that venues will be closed if they do not adhere to the revised regulations on religious affairs. reported that a clampdown on religious freedom has intensified in the province in recent months, with crosses removed from churches, minors banned from entering churches, church-run kindergartens closed and children expelled from Mass.Now Henan Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and Henan Catholic Administration Commission have jointly issued a circular, warning worshippers to take the new rules seriously.It warned people to follow “the principle of religion and education separation” and the revised regulations on religious affairs....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Francis is Using the Communists, Not the Other Way Around

    04/18/2018 4:10:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | April 17, 2018 | Jason Morgan
    Cardinal Joseph Zen (Getty) has accused the Vatican of 'selling out the Church in China'When Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected supreme pontiff in March of 2013, the world seemed to expect a softening of Pope Benedict XVI’s crystalline, intellectual style. At first, the new Pope Francis’ many gaffes and faux pas seemed part of this more relaxed approach to the papacy. I and many others pigeonholed Francis as a theological and mental featherweight, an affable simpleton whose papacy would be much more about embracing children and washing the feet of the faithful, and much less about issuing encyclicals and wading...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Zen – The Man Who Does Not Follow Cardinal Parolin’s Kowtow...

    04/12/2018 5:37:14 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 11, 2018 | Mathias Von Gersdorff
    On Saturday, 7 April 2018, two important events took place which seemed, to a superficial observer, to be utterly unrelated:In Rome, people gathered and discussed the topic “Catholic Church, where are you going?” Present were prominent prelates such as Cardinal Raymond Burke, Cardinal Walter Brandmüller, and Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider. It was about the negative effects of the controversial passages in the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia of Pope Francis. The German-American journalist Maike Hickson reported on this event here and here.In Bonn, the former capital city of the Federal Republic of Germany, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun received the “Stephanus-Prize for...
  • Until organ traffickers are brought to justice, Vatican should not praise China: expert

    04/06/2018 6:12:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 6, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    An authority on China says that it’s “naive” to assume the country’s communist regime is telling the truth when it says it has stopped harvesting organs from prisoners. Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute and author of Bully of Asia: Why China’s Dream is the New Threat to World Order, told LifeSiteNews that China’s human rights record is “one of the worst in the world.” Responding to the news that Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences, defended China’s reforms of its organ transplant system, Mosher expressed concern. “I don’t understand why any Vatican...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Chen Guangcheng: 'Vatican Is Making a Deal With the Devil,' the Chinese CP

    04/03/2018 7:36:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 3, 2018 | Michael W. Chapman
    In reference to the Vatican's pending agreement with the Communist Chinese government on a shared role in the appointment of Catholic bishops, famed Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng said the Vatican "has abandoned its principles" and is "making a deal with the Devil," the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)."After the CCP holds the National People’s Congress and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in March this year, Beijing will send representatives to the Vatican to sign the agreement," said Chen in a commentary published by Radio Free Asia and translated by  "This, in fact, is the equivalent of selling out...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mindong, Msgr. Guo is back, but banned from celebrating Chrism Mass as bishop

    03/28/2018 7:33:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide ^ | March 28, 2018 | John Baptist Lin
    Mindong, Msgr. Guo is back, but banned from celebrating Chrism Mass as bishop John Baptist Lin Police have banned him from celebrating Mass as a bishop. Msgr. Guo refused to concelebrate with the official bishop Zhan Silu, who is still excommunicated. Police actions against Msgr. Julius Jia Zhiguo and Heilongjiang priests Mindong (AsiaNews) - Bishop Vincent Guo Xijin was returned yesterday to his house, after being held overnight in police custody.  He had been detained by public security officials on the evening of March 26, together with the chancellor of the diocese. Msgr. Guo, 59, is ordinary bishop of Mindong,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mindong, Msgr. Guo Xijin kidnapped by the police before Easter

    03/27/2018 3:37:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies ^ | March 27, 2018 | ohn Baptist Lin
    Mindong, Msgr. Guo Xijin kidnapped by the police before Easter John Baptist Lin The chancellor of the diocese was also taken with him. Msgr. Guo was asked to step aside as ordinary and accept the role of auxiliary bishop to make way for Msgr. Zhan Silu, an illegitimate and excommunicated bishop. Mindong (AsiaNews) - Msgr. Vincent Guo Xijin, bishop of Mindong (Fujian), was kidnapped last night by police. The Chancellor of the Diocese, Fr. Xu, was also led away. Msgr. Guo, 59, is the ordinary bishop of the diocese, recognized by the Vatican, but not by the government. In recent...
  • Inner Mongolia, an underground priest expelled from his parish: forced to be a farmer

    03/26/2018 7:23:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies ^ | March 26, 2018 | Wang Zhicheng
    Inner Mongolia, an underground priest expelled from his parish: forced to be a farmer Wang Zhicheng United Front Officers escorted him to his village, forcing him to abandon his ministry. Alternating threats and bribes to make him enrol in the Patriotic Association. "Even the Holy See has now made compromises". The implementation of the new regulations, to wipe out underground communities. Beijing (AsiaNews) – Fr. Ding Zhanmin, parish priest in Beishaliang (Baotoukun district, Hohot archdiocese, Inner Mongolia), was forced to abandon his parish and return to the countryside to work as a farmer in Xilin Gol (also in Inner Mongolia)....
  • An Even Worse Vatican Deal with China

    03/24/2018 8:34:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | March 24, 2018 | George Wiegel
    Why would the Catholic Church accept a deal in which the Communist Party nominated Catholic bishops? Of all the disturbing and even silly things that have been said in defense of the deal between the Vatican and China reportedly being negotiated, the most offensive is that critics of this proposed arrangement to regularize Catholic life in the PRC don’t understand that the Cold War is over and the world is in a new situation.This is preposterous. Of course we critics know the Cold War of 1945–1991 is over — and we remember that those alleging we don’t know that weren’t...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cdl Zen: Chinese Catholics’ “continuous harassments…would take volumes to be narrated.”

    03/14/2018 3:28:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 9, 2018 | Anthony E. Clark
    I would like the express my gratitude to Cardinal Zen for agreeing to answer a few questions for Catholic World Report at this crucial moment in the history of the Catholic Church in China. Over the past several days we corresponded about pressing issues related to the current Sino-Vatican negotiations that are underway. I first met Cardinal Zen several years ago at his humble residence with the Salesians in Hong Kong, where we spent more than an hour discussing the state of China’s Church. Since then, Catholics in China have encountered new pressures from state authorities. Their situation has become...
  • [Cath Cauc]Musings from the Chinese Underground: "Vatican is forcing us to obey perverted bishops!"

    03/14/2018 9:22:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 14, 2018 | By Guest-contributor 小鱼儿
    Guest Op-Ed - Musings from the Chinese Underground: "The Vatican is forcing us to obey perverted bishops!" By Guest-contributor 小鱼儿 I recently read Msgr. Anthony Figueiredo's interview in the National Catholic Register. I initially wanted to ignore his statements, like I did with other Chinese "experts". However, these past few months, the Church in China received "seismic tremors" too strong to ignore. Considering the gravity of the matter, I thought I would share my humble musings with Rorate Caeli readers. Surprise surprise! We have another Chinese "expert" talking about the Church in China. Mind you, an "expert" who doesn't speak...
  • A Catholic bishop and his rural Chinese parish worry about a deal between Beijing and the Vatican

    03/12/2018 7:19:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 11, 2018 | Emily Rauhala
    LUOTIANBA, China — The bishop can’t really talk about religion right now.  His unofficial church is caught in a fight over the future of the Roman Catholic faith here, a struggle for control between the Vatican and the Communist Party that will determine the fate of the estimated 10 million Catholics in China and shape the legacy of Pope Francis. Bishop Zhuang Jianjian, 88, under watch and already in trouble, knows it is not safe to speak out. But he can still deliver a sermon. Just before 7 a.m. on a recent Sunday, he walked to the front of a small, white church...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Vatican bows and China gives thanks. Here's how

    03/03/2018 5:59:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | March 3, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The Vatican bows and China gives thanks. Here's how > Italiano > English> Espańol> Français> All the articles of Settimo Cielo in English*Here's something worth passing along. This commentary, with the paired photos, came out on March 2 on "Asia News," the online agency of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions that specializes in China, with the director's byline.*XINJIANG. CROSSES, DOMES, STATUES DESTROYED: THE NEW "SINICIZED" CULTURAL REVOLUTION by Bernardo Cervellera"It's a new Cultural Revolution": this most frequent online comment in reaction to photos of the church of Yining (Xinjiang) stripped of the crosses that stood on the building, of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Is Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory for the Church in China

    03/03/2018 6:38:42 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | March 2, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Steven Mosher Warns: Vatican Is Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory for the Church in China by Christopher A. Ferrara March 2, 2018 An article at Life Site News, republished by permission of One Peter Five, has educated me to an aspect of the Church’s situation in China which has received little coverage in the press. The article, by Steven Mosher — a Catholic convert, president of the Population Research Institute, and social scientist who specializes in Chinese demographics and population control — reveals how the Church in China was slowly reassembling itself despite Beijing’s creation of the Chinese...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Zen: I blame Pope’s advisors for Vatican’s ‘suicide’ deal with China

    03/02/2018 6:26:10 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 2, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    VATICAN, March 2, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen voiced more criticism about the forthcoming Vatican deal with China’s Communist government on the appointment of bishops, terming it “suicide” and an act of “shameless surrender.” According to the Cardinal, the problem is not so much with Pope Francis, but with his papal advisors. Pope Francis is “optimistic and full of love, and is eager to visit China,” Zen said, but his advisors are “obsessed” with an “Ostpolitik” answer to the problem of bishop appointments in China.  They want “compromise without limits,” the Cardinal said, “they are already willing to...