China Agreement With Vatican

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Taiwan has cautiously observed the development of relations between the two governments, given that the Vatican is Taipei`s last diplomatic ally in Europe and would lose contact if Beijing entered into relations with the Holy See. The Beijing government has established two conditions for re-establishing relations: that the Holy See “does not interfere in religious affairs in China” and that it sever relations with the Taipei government after the expulsion of Bishop Riberi, in accordance with Beijing`s one-China policy. , it now stops only at the level of the chargĂ© d`affaires. [6] The Holy See suggested that it would have no difficulties with the second condition, but that it required a discussion of the concrete meaning of the first. [7] The main point of contention concerns the appointment of Catholic bishops in mainland China, now appointed by the China Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), at times, in agreement with the Holy See, at other times in direct opposition to his declared vows. The government of the People`s Republic of China has the position that bishops should be appointed themselves; The Holy See is that bishops can only be appointed by the Pope,[8] while in some cases some form of consultation with civil authorities is in sight. [9] On 14 February 2020, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Bishop Paul Gallagher, Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, met at a meeting of the Munich Security Conference. It was the highest meeting between the two states since 1949. [35] In July 2020, a cybersecurity firm claimed that state-backed Chinese hackers had infiltrated Vatican computer networks. [36] [37] [Do you want to discuss politics with other American readers? Join our Facebook focus group, led by American authors and publishers.] Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong expects the establishment of diplomatic relations within two years Civilly and politically, Chinese Catholics must be good citizens, love their homeland and serve their country with diligence and honesty.

Ethically, they must be aware that many of their fellow citizens expect a greater commitment to the service of the common good and to the harmonious growth of society as a whole. In particular, Catholics should make a prophetic and constructive contribution, born of their faith in the Kingdom of God. Sometimes it can also require them to make the effort to offer a word of criticism, not as opposed to sterile, but to build a fairer, more humane and more respectful society of the dignity of every human being. Pope Francis, attached to the culture of dialogue and encounter and opposed to confrontation, gave the green light to the extension, despite the pressure of denouncing the agreement. External pressure was exerted by various political actors, including the United States, as expressed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while internal pressure was exerted by parts of the Church, including cardinals such as Joseph Zen of Hong Kong and Gerhard Muller, former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This measure is expected to further weigh on the Vatican and the United States. Relationships. Pope Francis has argued with the Trump administration, particularly on the issue of immigration, and has even hinted that President Donald Trump is not a Christian. The Vatican brushed Mr. Pompeo, who was denied a meeting with the Pope. Mr. Pompeo`s calls for Francis to follow the example of John Paul II, who opposed communism, as we know, but also practiced realpolitik, were seen in the Vatican as an election campaign.

Regarding the plight of these clandestine bishops and the voice of the desire of Chinese Catholics, Father Criveller America said he wanted the Chinese authorities to “recognize their dignity and allow them to act freely without the control of the Patriotic Association.” The Chinese authorities see technology as the closest limit to totalitarianism.

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