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Cardinal urges calm amid turmoil
Calls for 'rational dialogue' as criticism mounts over scandal-plagued electionCardinal John Tong speaking today at a press conference in Hong Kong
- ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
- Hong Kong
- March 2, 2012
The diocesan leaders will not join the territory-wide protest tomorrow and will not encourage the Catholics to do so, he said during his first press conference after becoming cardinal on February 18.
â€śI think that Church leadersâ€™ expressing opinions in a moderate way is more valued by others.â€ť
Cardinal Tong said the Catholic diocese has already made its position on the incoming government quite clear, including a proposal for one person-one vote for chief executive and legislative elections in 2017.
He is scheduled to preside over a Mass tomorrow at the same time as a coalition of democracy and Christian groups take to the streets to demand immediate electoral changes.
Anger has grown among protesters over a series of alleged scandals involving candidates for chief executive as well as incumbent Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who could face an investigation by the anti-graft department for alleged illegal business practices.
Cardinal Tong defended Tsang, a Catholic, calling him a â€śsincere person,â€ť adding that the allegations of wrongdoing should not â€śovershadow his merits in his long service in the government.â€ť
He further advised that society should â€śnot overreactâ€ť but let authorities conduct their investigations because one of the values of Hong Kong is that â€śwe have a sound legal system.â€ť
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