This article includes details of the Chinese Communist Party's hardening line against religion.
The Vatican has been working toward a merger of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (the Party-controlled church) and the underground Church which has always heroically remained in communion with the Holy See. The Vatican's rationale for union is that the Communists would then for the first time acknowledge a Vatican role in the unified Church's right to appoint bishops.
A whole *lot* of observers, including retired Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong, say that this would be catastrophic, since the Chicoms will never, ever recognize anything like freedom of religion, and have for the past 5 months been clamping down even harder on all religious believers. They say "unity" would be a diabolical deal which would allow the Communist Party to swallow and then annihilate the remaining suffering remnant of faithful Chinese Catholics.
As of now, it seems this proposed merger into "one Catholic Church" has stalled --- from the Party's side.
Let's continue to pray hard that Bergoglio and Parolin back off from this disastrous "unity" proposal.
It seems a gift of God that the "unity deal" is, as of now, indefinitely delayed. Dear Christ, rescue your Bride!
Its a shame that Chinese Catholics have to look to this anti-pope for solace while living in a godless communist state.
He sure can allow me to stay away from scumbags and false populism
We see in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12:
9 The coming of the lawless one by the activity of Satan will be with all power and with pretended signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are to perish, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends upon them a strong delusion, to make them believe what is false, 12 so that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
and the catechism explains:
677 The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection.578 The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy*, but only by God's victory over the final unleashing of evil, which will cause his Bride to come down from heaven.579 God's triumph over the revolt of evil will take the form of the Last Judgment after the final cosmic upheaval of this passing world.580
and I would focus your attention on the following:
"The kingdom will be fulfilled, then, not by a historic triumph of the Church through a progressive ascendancy"
Note: "progressive ascendancy" is exactly the kind of liberal compromise many are proposing as a solution to our problems.
see my tagline.
Not God, but government.
That’s the progressive way. We have it here too.