Pope Francis expressed his goodwill towards China despite their strained relations saying “he loves China and loves the people of China”. But the majority of Chinese won’t accept his good wishes.
Speaking in Beijing where he was attending an organ transplant conference, the head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, expressed the Pope’s goodwill, the state-run Global Times reported.
“Pope Francis loves China and loves the people of China, its history and population. We hope China can have a great future,” the paper quoted him as saying.
According to Reuters, Pope Francis would like to heal a decades-old rift with China, where Catholics are divided between those loyal to him and those who belong to a government-controlled official church.
Pope Francis is begging for Beijing’s recognition of his religious authority which does more harm than good to the general Chinese Catholic believers. He has wrongly taken the Chinese government as one that truly represents the fundamental interests of the Chinese population, and one that he can make a beautiful deal with.
The Pope is blind on China’s worsening crackdown on human right activists, on the case of the Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, the recent tightening of free speech by shutting down VPNs, and many more cases of religious suppression, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet.
Pope Francis told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica on July 6th that the United States of America—and Russia, China, North Korea and Bashar al Assad’s Syria—have “a distorted vision of the world”–(“una visione distorta del mondo,” as reported in Italian by La Repubblica).
The Pope does not understand the long standing values of the United States, as he has labeled the States as similar to those vicious regimes like China and North Korea.
“Our main and unfortunately growing problem in the world today is that of the poor, the weak, the excluded, which includes migrants.” The Pope said in Italian as translated into English by Agence France Presse. He has not been able to see main and growing problems of the world today, not to mention seeing the root causes of the world’s problems.
China and the Vatican have reached consensus on the appointment of bishops, which will lead to the resolution of other outstanding problems, Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong has said early last month.
“The Chinese Catholic faithful are generally patriotic, good citizens, who are not willing to engage in political activity,” Cardinal Tong said. “They are people who will not threaten political and social stability, and the Chinese rulers understand this perfectly. Therefore, they will not put the problems of the Catholic Church and the problems of Tibet and Xinjiang together on the same level.”
It is totally a great shame for Cardinal Tong to say these words, without telling the basic truth of what is right or wrong.
According to a report by John Henry on LifeSite, Cardinal Joseph Zen, the first Cardinal from China and a key adviser to Pope Benedict XVI regarding China-Vatican relations, has denounced a new Vatican agreement with the Chinese atheistic Communist government in an interview with the Polish outlet Polonia Christiana. The former Archbishop of Hong Kong compared the current situation of the Church in China with the times of brutal physical repression during the 1950s and 1960s, saying the situation is “worse” today.
What Cardinal Zen has said is much closer to facts.
“Why? Because the church has been weakened,” he said. “I’m very sorry to say the government has not changed, but the Holy See is adopting a wrong strategy. They are too eager to dialogue, dialogue so they tell everybody not to make noise, to accommodate, to compromise, to obey the government. Now things are going down, down.”
Explaining how the intolerable situation has come to pass, he suggests that Pope Francis is naïve having only experienced communism in Latin America, not a totalitarian form as in China or Poland. Thus, he says, both Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI understood the situation while Pope Francis is confused.
“On the surface,” he said of the new agreement it seems that “the authority of the Pope is safe because they say the Pope has the last word.”
“But the whole thing is fake. They are giving decisive power to the government … how can the initiative of choosing bishops be given to an atheistic government? Incredible. Incredible.”
The Pope is truly naive as he is trying to persuade a tiger to surrender its fur. The ears of the populous Chinese only feel the thrones as they hear those fake “goodwill wishes”.
By Cloudy Seagail