A new era for the Catholic Church in China began when Pope Francis signed off on a historic “provisional agreement” with China over the appointment of bishops. The deal broke a nearly 70-year impasse between Beijing and the Vatican.
A new era of the Catholic Church in China began when Pope Francis signed off a historic “provisional agreement” with China over the appointment of bishops. Why did the agreement consider a betrayal towards the underground church?
#梵蒂冈 和中共早前签订主教任命临时协议。一名遭中共 #酷刑 迫害而逃亡香港的大陆天主教徒，批评梵蒂冈与魔鬼交易。 北京天主教徒夏天庆辉：〝因为（梵蒂冈）他根本不了解中共的邪恶体制，假如梵蒂冈认可的话，对于中国地下教会，是非常严重的伤害，导致他们不承认教宗的合法性。〞 https://t.co/07NIXKRMeY 来自网友：ttingxiao 感谢网友的支持。
BBC News 中文，2016年12月3日发布
Life for Catholics living in China is about to dramatically change. CNN’s Matt Rivers reports.
Join Fr. Andre in this episode of “Marian Shrines of the World” as he relates the story of Our Lady of China and the resulting Marian devotion – proving that Our Lady is not Underground in China.
Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholics in China on Sunday to renew their loyalty to the Holy See.
Benedict made the appeal on the Vatican’s second annual day of prayers for the church in China. It represented his latest effort to bring China’s estimated 12 million Catholics under his wing.
China forced its Roman Catholics to cut ties with the Vatican in 1951, shortly after the officially atheist Communist Party took power. Worship is allowed only in state-backed churches, which recognize the pope as a spiritual leader but appoint their own priests and bishops.
Millions of Chinese, however, belong to unofficial congregations that are loyal to Rome
Benedict has made improving often-tense relations with Beijing a priority of his papacy and has sought to unify the country’s faithful.
In 2007, Benedict sent a special letter to Catholics in China, praising the underground church but also urging the faithful to reconcile with followers of the official church.
During a visit to the southern Italian city of Cassino, Benedict said his thoughts were with all Chinese on Sunday.
«In particular, I greet with great love the Catholics in China and urge them to renew today their communion of faith in Christ and loyalty to the successor of Peter (the pope),» Benedict said.
The Vatican plans to publish a new document following up on the 2007 letter.
The document, in a question-and-answer format like the Catechism of the Catholic Church, will summarize and discuss the contents of the pope’s letter to make it more accessible, the Vatican said Saturday. The Vatican plans to post it on its Web site in English and Chinese.
About 5 million Chinese Catholics belong to government-approved “patriotic” churches that reject the Vatican’s full authority, according to the Chinese government. The Vatican estimates that 8 million others worship in illegal underground churches that have defied the Communist Party by remaining loyal to the pope.
And yet the church’s position here is probably stronger than at any time since the 1949 Communist revolution, when Beijing broke ties with the Vatican. Though police continue to harass and imprison priests and bishops in the underground church, several have been allowed to operate openly. At the same time, the Vatican has slowly infiltrated the government’s official church, winning over many of its clergymen and exerting unprecedented influence over its operations.
Such gains give Benedict greater leverage in efforts to restore diplomatic relations with China and reunite the country’s Catholics with the church. But they also reinforce the Chinese leadership’s traditional suspicion of the church as a hostile force that helped subvert Communist rule in Eastern Europe and is determined to do the same in China.
Aid to the Church in Need presents: A 54 minute documentary that explores one of the most guarded secrets of China: religion. From a rural parish and a clandestine seminary to the Buddhist temples and the mosques supported by the government in Beijing, the country is in the midst of a massive resurgence of faith and the government does not know how to treat it.
The Catholic Church is also resurgent, but there exists great tensions between the government and the church that it supports and the Underground Church. The Vatican is trying to keep this fractured Church alive and allow it to grow.
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