Saturday, September 15, 2018
Imagine if Donald Trump insisted that the Catholic church give him the right to choose the list of men from which Rome would select American bishops. Ridiculous. So why does it make more sense for the Vatican to concede that right to Communist leaders in China?
That’s the key Catholic concession in a far-reaching deal between Rome and the Vatican announced Friday. The Vatican has agreed to recognize as legitimate seven Chinese priests who had been excommunicated by Rome for accepting their bishop hats without Vatican approval. Two bishops who had remained faithful to Rome will retire to make room for bishops more to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s liking. In exchange, Beijing will officially recognize the pope as head of the Catholic church in China, something it has resisted for decades.
Doesn't seem like an infallible decision to me. Of course, infallibility probably doesn't apply to this decision. Not sure about his other ones. Vatican I was mostly a lot of rubbish anyway. I line up more with Lord Acton.