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By John Zmirak, The Stream, January 13, 2020
John Zmirak is a Senior Editor of The Stream, and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Catholicism.
“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” Sorondo told the Vatican Insider, applauding China’s efforts to follow the green initiatives spelled out in Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si. Sorondo also accused President Donald Trump of allowing himself to be manipulated by global oil firms and praised China for defending Paris Climate Accord.
The “Sorondo” above is Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. He’s the highest authority at the Vatican in charge of Catholic social teaching. Pope Francis never corrected him. So as of now, that’s the official Vatican position. Good luck getting people to take “Catholic social teaching” seriously after this.
Bishop Marcelo Sorondo
Sorondo issued this statement after a whirlwind tour of China. He was carefully shepherded by Communist Party minders. Remember those glamorous pilgrimages intellectuals and clergymen once took to Stalin’s Russia? They returned full of praise for its “progressive” accomplishments. I thought they ended with the Cold War. I was wrong.
Abandoning China’s Catholics
Sorondo’s words came not long after the Vatican forged an agreement with the Chinese Communist government. In the words of retired Cardinal Joseph Zen, that deal was “an incredible betrayal … a church enslaved by the government is no real Catholic Church.”
The Vatican abandoned the underground, loyal Catholics of that country. It handed control of the Chinese church to Communist party puppets. The cleric who negotiated the deal? Now disgraced child-molester and ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The former Archbishop of Washington D.C., he helped groom and choose many of America’s leading bishops. ….