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Cardinal Zen denounces Vatican appeasement of Red Chinese February 4, 2013

Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Basics, episcopate, error, General Catholic, Holy suffering, persecution, priests, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society.

Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former Archbishop of Hong Kong, has described the Vatican’s approach to the heretical, not-in-union-with-Rome Patriotic Church of China as an attitude of appeasement which has wreaked great harm on the underground Church still in union with the Holy See. For those who don’t know, the ChiComs have created a “patriotic Church” which is ostensibly Catholic but frankly gets their orders from Beijing and not Rome.  The Chicoms actively and severely persecute the faithful Catholics of the underground Church (I add emphasis):

At 81 years old, the bishop who once led hundreds of thousands through the streets of Hong Kong — defying Beijing, demanding democracy and an accountable government — is not holding his tongue.

Hong Kong’s retired Cardinal Joseph Zen warns of an impending schism in the Chinese Catholic Church and blames the Vatican for allowing Communist Party officials to run roughshod over China’s bishops.

“For years they (the Communist Party of China) had everything their way. The Holy See adopted a policy of appeasement and compromise,” Zen told The Catholic Register while in Toronto to deliver an early February address to Convivium magazine subscribers. “So they were happy that they could control more and more the Catholic Church, and they could make slaves of the bishops.”

Chinese Catholics on the mainland are split between the underground Church and officially registered churches, while the Chinese government interferes in the appointment of bishops. There is a serious risk of a Chinese schism, said the cardinal.

Do you know what I write to the Holy Father?” Zen asked. “I say it is only because of your kindness that the official Church is not called schismatic. It is actually schismatic without being named. It’s risking being a schismatic Church with the blessing of the Holy See, because the Holy Father cannot command that Church. The whole command is in the hands of the government.” [That is a horrible statement to read: a schismatic Church with the blessing of the Holy See. I shudder at that]

Zen is aware his warnings lack prudence.

“For a long time I have abstained from talking about the Holy See,” he said. “But I think that is unfair. We must be fair to everybody. They (Vatican officials) should take the responsibility.”

The Catholic Church in both Shanghai and Wuhan have recently faced off with Chinese government officials.

In Shanghai the coadjutor Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin was relieved of all public ministry and had his episcopal appointment revoked by the Chinese episcopal conference — a body not recognized by the Vatican. At his ordination last July, Ma caused government panic when he announced he would step down from his position with the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association to concentrate on his pastoral ministry as bishop of Shanghai. Faithful in Shanghai’s cathedral greeted the announcement with extended applause, but Ma was immediately sent away on a retreat, sequestered in Shanghai’s seminary. In December the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church of China revoked Ma’s Shanghai appointment, which would have seen him eventually become bishop of Shanghai. The bishops’ conference also let it be known that for all future appointments “a pledge of loyalty” would be required.

It’s obvious that the bishop’s conference is controlled by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, which also founded the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in 1957, said Zen.

“You can see all the presidents and vice presidents, both in the patriotic association and the so-called bishops’ conference — they are all slaves of the government,” said Zen. “There are some illegitimate, some legitimate (bishops), but they are all on the side of the government.”

Another aspect of this scandal is that elements of the Church in the United States, such as Maryknoll, Mundelien seminary in Chicago, and progressive portions of the Carmelite Order all do business with the false, patriotic church.  I pray nightly for this aid and comfort given to a schismatic church to cease, but without a formal comdemnation by the Holy See, those groups are free to pretend the patriotic church is in “good standing.”  Whatever that means.

That is why I have pushed for support for the Cardinal Kung Foundation, which supports the underground Church in China, although a commenter claimed he talked to Cardinal Zen about the Kung Foundation and Zen did not indicate they were of much help.  Something tells me there may be a history there, which might have a personal aspect to it, but I don’t know.  Everything I’ve seen, read, or heard about the Cardinal Kung Foundation is that they are very worthy of support.

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