Skip to comments.Underground Priest: “Catholicism in China is Facing Calamity”
Posted on 12/02/2018 6:41:46 PM PST by marshmallow
Some members of the underground Catholic clergy in China believe that the Vatican-China agreement has exacerbated the persecution of underground Catholics, and they see no hope for their churches to survive.
Bitter Winter interviewed a priest from the Zhengding diocese in Hebei Province who, afraid of repercussions from authorities, wished to remain anonymous, and is, therefore, called by a pseudonym of Father Peng. In his opinion, even though the Pope has recognized eight bishops appointed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) following the China-Vatican agreement, the underground Catholic churches will not accept them, since they depart entirely from the spirit of the gospel, and are more like government employees than bishops.
On the surface, it looks like the Pope is choosing the bishops; however, they are proposed by the CCP government in alignment with their interests. Anyone with a discerning eye can see this, and the recognition of the eight bishops is proof of that, Father Peng stated.
The priest believes that the interim agreement will not bring the Underground and the Patriotic Catholic Church together because, according to him, genuine unification and communion of the church means sharing common goals and being like-minded in spirit. And he does not see this happening, because the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association is led and controlled by the government. This is a group that completely and blindly follows the Party and whose political nature is extremely pronouncedits a political tool.
He is, therefore, dubious about the Popes statement that the purpose of the agreement was to achieve the churchs pastoral goals: namely, supporting and promoting evangelism, and achieving unity and communion for Catholicism in China.
To achieve the unification and communion of the church, the Patriotic Catholic Association must switch from obeying the CCPs leadership to that of the Vatican. Since Father Peng does...........
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