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When asked about the Catholic Church’s support for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, said that neither the Vatican nor Pope Francis has said a word, and added that the church in China has been sold out to the government.
“No word has come out of the Holy See since the beginning of this mobilization,” said Cardinal Zen in an interview with La Vie. “Rome no longer dares to criticize the Chinese government, whom I consider to have sold [out] the Chinese Church.”
As for the Catholic Church in China in general, “everything passes by Cardinal Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Holy See,” said the cardinal. “Know that the situation of Christians in China is terrible.There was first this secret agreement, in September 2018, on the appointment of bishops.”
“Why secret?” he said. “Then, not only the excommunicated official bishops were reinstated in the Church, but they were ordained again! Yet they showed no sign of repentance. And for two of them, everyone knows they have women [girlfriends] and children.” ….