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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Accepting Communist Bishops, Pope Francis Betrays Chinese Christians

China has long demanded that the Vatican accept only Chinese government-appointed bishops and give them full authority to rule a Chinese diocese. But Francis’s predecessors in the Catholic Church have long believed, as Pope Benedict XVI said, “the authority of the Pope to appoint bishops is given to the church by its founder Jesus Christ. It is not the property of the Pope, neither can the Pope give it to others.”

Yet in Pope Francis the atheist Chinese Communist government found a willing partner eager to give in to their demands. Pope Francis seems to have no problem subordinating his authority to a repressive communist government. Even China’s state-run newspaper Global Times acknowledged that Pope Francis has made “substantial concession.”

via thefederalist.com

In concrete terms, this is the worst thing Pope Francis has done.

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Comments

“the authority of the Pope to appoint bishops is given to the church by its founder Jesus Christ. It is not the property of the Pope, neither can the Pope give it to others.” Except during those centuries when Popes had given those rights to the King of France and the King of Spain.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 13, 2018 9:47:55 AM

Come to think of it, perhaps Benedict XVI knew it wasn't true, as signalled by the ludicrous claim that Jesus founded the church acting as a wink.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 13, 2018 9:49:54 AM

Occam's Razor says: Commie is as commie does.

Posted by: Greg | Feb 14, 2018 11:01:57 AM