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Top Vatican Official Proposes Communist China as ‘Best’ Model of Catholic Social Teaching Today

The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has heaped high and unexpected praise on China, insisting that the atheistic communist regime has created the best model for living out Catholic social teaching today. After visiting Beijing for the first time some months ago, Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo reportedly returned to the Vatican full of enthusiasm for the Asian country, and this week he told a journalist that “at this moment, the Chinese are the ones implementing Catholic social teaching best.” The Chinese “look for the common good…

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Vatican Rift Splays Open As Clergy Condemn Pope’s Communist Collusion #Catholic #China

A senior Catholic cardinal accused the Vatican on Friday of acting “unfaithfully” in its rapprochement with China, and the dissension escalated on Friday as the retired archbishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, intensified his criticism of the talks, saying that a reconciliation could result in 12 million Chinese Catholics being effectively put in a Communist-controlled “cage.” He has accused church bureaucrats of “selling out” Chinese Catholics, and warned, “A church enslaved by the government is no real Catholic Church.” Cardinal Joseph Zen also said he was highly skeptical of…

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