Cardinal Zen “Lined Up In The Cold” To Hand-Deliver Letter To FrankenPope, Pleading “Recognize Threat To Chinese Church”

Cardinal Zen “Lined Up In The Cold” To Hand-Deliver Letter To FrankenPope, Pleading “Recognize Threat To Chinese Church”

en.news & Catholic World News – 1/25/18

Retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen flew from Hong Kong to Rome in order to deliver in “a secret mission” a letter on behalf of Chinese [underground] Catholics to Pope Francis, pleading with the Pontiff to recognize the dangers in current Vatican negotiations with Beijing. Cardinal Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong Kong, has frequently complained that Vatican negotiators are too anxious to strike an accord that would give the government control over the Church in China.

Although he is a Cardinal, Zen has no direct access to Francis.

Therefore the 86-year-old Cardinal had to “line up in the cold” at the General Audience on Wednesday with other petitioners to deliver the letter to Francis, Taiwan News (January 25) writes. Francis promised Zen “to read” the letter.

Source: Taiwan News

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One comment on “Cardinal Zen “Lined Up In The Cold” To Hand-Deliver Letter To FrankenPope, Pleading “Recognize Threat To Chinese Church”

  1. Vatican politics can be an ugly business. That’s hardly news, naturally. Yet how particularly base is this contemptible public humiliation of a living martyr in his aged frailty, unless it was an absolutely innocent incident on the part of responsible officials due to no prior knowledge of the cardinal’s plan to be present.
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    I would think that there had to be some awareness that Cd. Zen was in Rome and that word of his visit would have attracted serious attention insofar as staffers in the Vatican have complained of their own private comments being reported directly to the pope.
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    There aren’t all that many Chinese cardinals and the timing and predictable purpose of His Eminence’s visit ought to have been obvious.
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    The consequences of denying even the most modest displays of protocol due a visiting Prince of the Church could also not have slipped the minds of informed insiders, either. Unless, of course, such things no longer matter under this regime.

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