Hong Kong cardinal says China turning country's Catholics into 'slaves'
Officials force clergy to 'betray their conscience'
Despite the hopes raised by Pope Francis’ election, Sino-Vatican relations are still at a standstill. China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has not kept his promises and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and the Ministry of Religious Affairs are trying to turn bishops and faithful into “slaves”.
This is according to Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong who, in an interview with missionary news agency AsiaNews, said that Beijing was carrying on its “work of destruction” against the local Catholic Church.
“With the power position they have acquired in dealing with religions, they are destroying not only the religions but also the good name of our nation,” the cardinal said. “The only purpose of their work seems to be 'enslaving' our Church by forcing our bishops and priests to betray their conscience, their faith.”
Source: Vatican Insider
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