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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, May 13, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at

When Cardinal Zen was arrested, the Hong Kong diocese—which, bear in mind, lives under the heavy hand of China’s new “national security” laws, expressed its “extreme concern,” and added a pointed remark: “We trust that in the future we will continue enjoying religious freedom in Hong Kong under the Basic Law.”

Continue enjoying religious freedom? Cardinal Zen has been a target of the Beijing regime for years, precisely because he says that Catholics do not enjoy religious freedom in China. The government, by arresting the cardinal, underlines his point. But no doubt the Hong Kong diocese was choosing its words carefully, having just seen what happens to Hong Kong residents who criticize the government openly. …

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