Mixed response to Cardinal Tong's view on China-Vatican talks
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Some see his commentary as being overly optimistic, others as his way of comforting the underground community
Chinese police conducted security checks outside St. Joseph's Church in Wangfujing, Beijing, on Dec. 24. Officials from the Chinese government and the Vatican have been conducting secret talks on the appointment of bishops in the communist-ruled country over the past year. (ucanews.com photo)
The Bishop of Hong Kong's optimistic view of what secret China-Vatican talks may mean for China's Catholics has met with a mixed response.
Cardinal John Tong's commentary — available in Chinese, English and Italian on the Hong Kong diocesan website on Feb. 9 — summarized several rounds of negotiations between officials from the Vatican and the Chinese government conducted over the past year.
In his 3,000 plus word article, the cardinal revealed that there was now a preliminary consensus that would lead to an agreement over the contentious issue of bishop appointments in mainland China between Beijing and the Vatican.
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