Vatican wheels and deals with China, meantime, China shutting down churches

Vatican wheels and deals with China, meantime, China shutting down churches

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church, Beijing See credits below*.

It’s interesting that the AP just yesterday was reporting on the crack down on Christianity. At the same time, The Pope is wheeling and dealing with China.

In deference to my Catholic readers I have deferred on commenting on much of the Vatican’s dealings and goings on. Catholicism is a personal matter. Let the Catholics deal with their Socialist. But this one is a puzzle that I can’t ignore. Is this a Protestant versus Catholic deal?Any thoughts?

Is Tawain on the table as far as recognition? What has Rome promised for this? The same as Goggle? Excuse me for being cynical. What’s the deal?

And then we have this?

China and Vatican to Sign Landmark Deal Over Bishops

China and the Vatican are set to sign a landmark agreement later this month ending a long struggle between Beijing’s Communist rulers and the pope over who chooses the leaders of Catholicism in the world’s most populous country, according to two people familiar with the matter.Reactions to the deal, which gives both sides a say in appointing the church’s bishops in China, are likely to be sharply divided, with some hailing a diplomatic coup by the Vatican that draws China closer to the West and others warning of an important defeat for the principle of religious freedom[…]

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*Image: The Wangfujing Cathedral (St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church), Beijing China Source: Wikipedia (by (CC BY 2.0).


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