The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported earlier this week that a Chinese delegation would visit Rome next month. However, some Catholics are concerned about such an agreement. He says the agreement will do more harm than good for the independence of Catholics in China. The Chinese government cut relations with the Vatican in Catholics can only legally attend state-controlled Catholic churches. Church leaders, such as bishops, in the state-controlled churches are appointed by the Chinese government rather than the Vatican.
Underground churches, however, say they are loyal to the Pope. Anthony Lam is an expert on the Catholic Church in China. However, ties between the Vatican and the Chinese government have improved under Pope Francis.
In January, the Vatican asked two underground bishops working in China to be replaced by two who were approved by China. Joseph Zen is a retired Cardinal, a top church official. He has criticized the improving relations between the Vatican and the Chinese government. He wrote that the talks with Chinese officials would only give control of the Catholic Church in China to the government.
Zen, who also is the former bishop of Hong Kong, said that talks between the sides had not been equal. He said he had heard reports that China refused to discuss Bishop James Su. Zen said Su had been in the hands of the Chinese government for more than 20 years. Historic change or political move? However, supporters of the effort to improve ties do not agree. He said a deal does not hurt the principles of the Holy See, the government of the Catholic Church in the Vatican.
Instead, he said the move could be a way to bridge, what he called, gaps between China and the rest of the world. About Catholics attend a prayer meeting for the Chinese Church after news emerge that Beijing and the Vatican have reached a deal on bishop appointments, in Hong Kong, China, Feb.
Thomas in the U. He says the Catholic Church is weighing the good and the harm of making a deal with China. However, Stockton notes that such a move would hurt Taiwan which could lose the Vatican as an ally. China considers the self-ruling island a rebel province. Some Chinese have criticized the agreement on social media. They say China will be the winner in talks if the government gets to nominate candidates for bishop. Hai Do was the editor. Write to us in the Comments section, and visit our Facebook page.