"Hong Kong’s Cardinal Joseph Zen issued another strongly-worded criticism today of the Vatican’s proposed deal with China’s Communist regime, suggesting it would amount to a papal endorsement of schism.
'There is no reason to fear a schismatic church created by the [Communist] party. It will fade with the collapse of the regime,' he wrote. 'But a schismatic church with the Pope’s blessing will be horrible!'
Cardinal Zen’s comments came in response to a recent interview with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, published in the Italian daily La Stampa. Zen posted the commentary on his blog in both Chinese and Italian...
Parolin professes to bring healing to persecuted Catholics in China through 'the balm of mercy,' Zen said, but in reality he is 'rubbing salt in their wounds' by rewarding traitors, castigating the faithful, and 'forcing a legitimate bishop to cede his post to an excommunicated one.'"
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