The Pontificate - Contribute to help UCA News
The Pontificate - Contribute to help UCA News
UCA News

China

Allowing China to choose bishops would 'mean surrender'

Retired Hong Kong cardinal favors method used in Vietnam

Updated: August 10, 2016 08:18 AM GMT
Featured Authors - Columnists | Make a Contribution
Featured Authors - Columnists | Make a Contribution
Allowing China to choose bishops would 'mean surrender'
Share this article :
Retired Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong said that allowing the Chinese state to appoint bishops instead of the pope would "mean surrender."

"To officially let [the Chinese government] manage the church? That would mean surrender," Cardinal Zen told Apple Daily, reported Hong Kong Free Press.

"Once the relationship has been established, what then? When the pope visits China, and the [central government] selects only the obedient people to meet the pope, what then for those belonging to the underground churches?" said Cardinal Zen.

Cardinal Zen added that he would agree on a system of selecting bishops like that done as done in communist Vietnam.

"I support the method of letting the Vietnamese bishop and the Catholic Church select [their candidates] and then letting the government approve the decision, because … their bishop is truly one of our people — their conference of bishops is legitimate," said the cardinal.

"China's conference of bishops is practically non-existent — it is completely under the government's control — how can we let them pick?"

Cardinal Zen's comments come at a time when China and the Vatican are ready for another round of negotiations over the appointment of bishops in the country.

Support UCA News...

UCA News provides a unique service, bringing you the voices of emerging churches and helping you see efforts made to evangelize and bring relief to people in all manner of need.

UCA News has more than 40 full time and part time reporters, editors and administrators bringing you this service from across 23 countries in south, southeast and east Asia. You, too, can be part of their efforts by contributing even a small amount to keep UCA News available to the world.
Click here to consider the options available to you.

Your contribution to UCA News will immensely help us continue to grow a strong media community by harnessing information technology to inform, engage, inspire and influence the Catholics of Asia and the world.

As a gesture of our gratitude to your commitment to UCA News, we are pleased to gift you a free PDF Book/e-Book titled Mission in Asia when you make a contribution.

UCA News Donate
UCA Newsletter
YOUR DAILY
NEWSLETTER
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter

Also Read

UCA News Podcast
UCAN Ad
 
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution