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By Jason Scott Jones, Church Militant, September 7, 2021

It was at The Stream that my friend and co-writer John Zmirak proposed a bold and surprising thesis: namely, that Pope Francis’ deal with China (negotiated by accused sexual abuser Ted McCarrick) was not a surrender but an alliance. That alliance only deepened in subsequent months. Francis sent his right-hand man, Bp. Marcelo Sorondo, on a shepherded tour of China. Afterward, Sorondo raved about how China embodied “Catholic social teaching” far better than Donald Trump’s America.

Remember how many artists, writers and liberal clergymen toured Stalin’s Russia in the ’30s and returned with fawning reports? Paul Hollander wrote a whole book about them: Political Pilgrims. Paul Kengor wrote another, the encyclopedic Dupes. Sorondo was just the latest to sell out the free West to its enemies, after a couple of weeks of fancy dinners in Potemkin villages. …

Read the rest at The Stream