Monthly Archives: August 2018

Foreign powers warned to stay out of religion in China

Foreign powers warned to stay out of religion in China

Sino-Vatican agreement on appointment of bishops ‘likely to be signed in October’

ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong – August 20, 2018

The deputy minister of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has insisted that China’s religious affairs cannot be dominated by any foreign powers.With a new round of Sino-Vatican negotiations expected to resume in September, Wang Zuoan, who is also director of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, wrote an article in the latest issue of CCP journal Qiushi.In the article published on Aug. 17, Wang stressed the importance of six points — adhering to guidance of religion, the direction of Sinicization, building a positive and healthy religious relationship, maintaining the rule of law to promote religious work, supporting the religious community to strengthen its own construction, and strengthening the party’s centralized and unified leadership over religious work.He said the Sinicization of religions was an important task, of which the most fundamental was that “the religious world must support the leadership of the CCP” and that it should guide all religions to have political consciousness, cultural integration and social adaption to Chinese socialism, “actively resisting foreign infiltration via religions and resolutely curbing the influence of foreign religious extreme thoughts.”Wang believed the relationship between the state and the church was at the core. It was important to uphold the party’s leadership, consolidate its ruling status, adhere to the separation of politics and religion, keep religion separate from administration, justice and education, and adhere to the government’s management of religious affairs involving the public interest of the state and society.He also reiterated that all Chinese religions should adhere to the principle of independence and self-management, emphasizing that “China’s religion does not have affiliation with foreign religions, and our religious groups and religious affairs are not dominated by any foreign powers.”Wang said the revised regulations on religious affairs, which took effect on Feb. 2, should be elevated to laws and ordinances in due course.He also reiterated that talent cultivation was a key issue in religious work. It was necessary to adhere to the standard of “politically reliable, religiously accomplished, morally convincing and critical” people.Wang said the United Front Work Department would manage religious work, while party and government departments, trade unions, the Communist Youth League, Women’s Federation and other social organizations had to closely cooperate.Meanwhile, Kung Kao Po, the Hong Kong diocesan weekly, published an editorial on Aug. 19 saying that the Sino-Vatican agreement on the appointment of bishops will be signed in October.The editorial reiterated that the Holy See had made it clear in the past that China and the Vatican hold different views on many issues, but the content of the agreement was related to the scope and issues that both parties could agree to. It also stressed that the Holy See believed that the biggest reason for the negotiation agreement was dialogue, otherwise it meant losing the opportunity to exchange views.”If you succumb to the requirements of the Chinese government, then the church may be hurt because the mainland government does not care about the church or its development anyway,” the editorial said.

Embattled Cardinal Mahony cancels speech at Utah Catholic event in wake of sex abuse report

Embattled Cardinal Mahony cancels speech at Utah Catholic event in wake of sex abuse report

[Another Cardinal withdrawing (no pun intended)]

Embattled Cardinal Mahony cancels speech at Utah Catholic event in wake of sex abuse report
By Peggy Fletcher Stack – 8/20/18  

Cardinal Roger Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles, withdrew Monday as the keynote speaker at next month’s annual fundraising dinner for Utah’s Catholic diocese after hearing of potential protests about his alleged role in covering up priest sex abuse in Southern California in the 1980s.

Mahony decided to decline the invitation after recent reports of abuse — including the explosive grand jury finding that more than 300 priests in six Pennsylvania dioceses had abused at least 1,000 victims over 70 years — and the call from Pope Francis “for greater accountability,” diocesan spokeswoman Jean Hill said. read more

FrankenPope’s Failed Abuse Letter

FrankenPope’s Failed Abuse Letter

By ROD DREHER •  Pope Francis today released a 2,000-word letter about the abuse scandal, directed . to all Catholics. Read the full text here.  If you are new to this story, the letter sounds great. This excerpt, for example, is quite good:

In recent days, a report was made public which detailed the experiences of at least a thousand survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately seventy years. Even though it can be said that most of these cases belong to the past, nonetheless as time goes on we have come to know the pain of many of the victims. We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death; these wounds never go away. The heart-wrenching pain of these victims, which cries out to heaven, was long ignored, kept quiet or silenced. But their outcry was more powerful than all the measures meant to silence it, or sought even to resolve it by decisions that increased its gravity by falling into complicity. The Lord heard that cry and once again showed us on which side he stands. Mary’s song is not mistaken and continues quietly to echo throughout history. For the Lord remembers the promise he made to our fathers: “he has scattered the proud in their conceit; he has cast down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty” (Lk 1:51-53). We feel shame when we realize that our style of life has denied, and continues to deny, the words we recite. read more

Cardinal Tobin tells priests not to speak to press after ‘gay sub-culture’ claims

Cardinal Tobin tells priests not to speak to press after ‘gay sub-culture’ claims

[A gag order on priests under an implied appeal to their vow of obedience to His Eminence]

by Catholic Herald Staff Reporter – posted Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 The cardinal said no one had ever spoken to him of such a subculture

Cardinal Tobin has told clergy in his diocese not to speak to the press after a news report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct appeared on Catholic News Agency.

Six anonymous priests told CNA that a “gay sub-culture” existed in the Archdiocese of Newark, particularly in the seminary.

However, the cardinal said in a letter to priests that no one “including the anonymous ‘sources’ cited in the article” has ever spoken to him about such a sub-culture. read more

Where is the St. Pope Pius X of Today?

Where is the St. Pope Pius X of Today?

At the beginning of time a snake slithered into a Garden called Eden. He entered quietly and quite unobtrusively, as is his wont. And he wreaked havoc on the human race.

That same serpent slithered into the supernatural Garden of Eden, which is the Holy Catholic Church, in the waning years of the nineteenth century. Again, unnoticed and blending quite naturally into the human landscape. This Ancient Serpent had oft-times crawled into the sacred precincts of Holy Church since that first entre. But this time it was different. Dramatically different. His havoc this time would strike a thousand blows to the Mystical Body of Christ. These were blows that cut more deeply than any in the two millennia that Christ’s Body trod the earth. Truth be told, those wounds have been freshly reopened in a cruel twist of that serpent’s ingenuity. read more