THROWN UNDER THE BUS BY BERGOGLIO (FRANCIS)
“Beijing has quietly
indicated that it will soon abrogate its “breakthrough”
2018 agreement with the Vatican,
which was meant to settle a decades-long dispute
over the appointment of bishops in China.
In November, shortly after exchanging diplomatic
notes verbales with Rome to renew the deal
for another two years, China thoroughly negated
it in a dry public posting by the state bureaucracy.
Order No. 15, on new administrative rules for religious
affairs, includes an article on establishing a process
for the selection of Catholic bishops in China after
May 1. The document makes no provision for any
papal role in the process, not even a papal right
to approve or veto episcopal appointments in China,
which was supposed to be the single substantive
concession to the Vatican in the agreement. It’s
as if the deal never happened.” (New York Times,
February 19, 2021)
is a painful vignette of Francis’s penchant for involvement
in politics in which he has no papal mandate and no competence —
especially when it comes to non-Europeans — and most especially
when it comes to Asians and Africans. If they possess the mere odor
of “Traditional Catholics” — throw them under the bus!
— sacrifice them to the gods of politics and geo-ecumenism. There
is much to be had in so large and influential a country as China
— what are a few million faithful Catholics who will have no part
of the Communist “Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association” which
is as Catholic as Communism is Capitalist?
In 2018 the deal brokered between
Francis and Communist China’s President Xi Jinping allowed the
Communist authorities to choose the “Catholic” bishops for China
in an effort to “Sinicise” the former Roman Catholic Church
in China. The agreement allowed the pope to have input in the nomination
process, and the power to veto any candidate for bishop.
BUT ... that was three years ago
— before the ever-treacherous bully Xi Jinping unilaterally decided
(with no consultation) that the Holy See would have zero
input and no vetoing power in the nomination of Chinese Communist
Patriotic Catholic bishops. That this decision to break the accord
on the spur of the moment by Xi Jinping merely underscored Francis’s
notorious reputation as a political dilettante by the international
community is, apparently, of no consequence to Francis (however
much it will imperil 10-12 million Chinese Catholics). That it disgraces
the Holy See is of no moment to him either. That Cardinal Zen of
Hong Kong decried the betrayal of Chinese Catholics by the pope
three years ago, calling it “a surrender” and “a betraying
of Jesus Christ” Himself, had no impact whatever on Jorge Bergoglio
— after all he was just a retired Chinese Cardinal with a mere 60
years of experience in China... small fish compared to the Politburo
and Central Committee of Communist China with whom Francis seems
to have a budding relationship, although to what end (as a Catholic
pontiff) we cannot begin to imagine.
The crowd chose Barabbas over Christ.
That was a precedent. Francis chooses president Xi Ping over Cardinal
Zen — and, it would appear, Communism over Catholicism. It is a
ghastly concatenation of betrayal — that is ongoing in so many
venues where Holy Mother Church should have no part, and certainly
no abiding interest. Salus animarum — the Salvation of
Souls — THIS is the competence of the Church, and the
Church’s sole mission and mandate.
The lesson to be learned?
Beware of the “bishop of Rome” (as
Jorge styles himself). His interests as plenipotentiary pontiff
may collide with your interests as a simple Catholic — and while
you’re at it, especially when political, environmental, and religious
issues are at stake, keep an eye out for buses when he’s in the
vicinity. If he threw 11 million faithful Chinese Catholics under
the bus for whatever reason he deemed expedient, you are a mere
fly in the ointment.
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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