Loading
Cardinal says Vatican and Chinese government engaged in ‘real talks’ to normalize relations
Cardinal says Vatican and Chinese government engaged in ‘real talks’ to normalize relations

.- Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong said Monday that Chinese government officials and the Holy See “have entered into real talks” about normalizing diplomatic relations.

In statements to ATV World television in Hong Kong, the new cardinal said he was under the impression that “real talks” between the two parties were under way in Rome.  His statements came a week after China’s Director of Religious Affairs, Ye Xiaowen, confirmed that formal contact had been made with the Holy See aimed at establishing bilateral diplomatic relations.  According to Ye, this “could take place soon.”

Cardinal Zen also said that one of the most complicated issues in the talks was the issue of appointing bishops, as Beijing considers episcopal appointments by the Holy See to be intrusion into internal affairs.

According to some sources, the Vatican would accept submitting a roster of names to Chinese authorities and allowing Beijing to voice an opinion, as long as the Vatican had the final word.  Cardinal Ze said authority over appointments could not be the exclusive domain of an “atheist government.”

The Hong Kong bishop also noted that one of the conditions the Vatican has set for establishing relations is the existence of freedom of religion in China.  The Church, he said, calls for “absolute religious freedom.”


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
21

Liturgical Calendar

April 21, 2014

Monday within the Octave of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14
04/19/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 2:14, 22-33
Gospel:: Mt 28:8-15

Saint of the Day

Holy Thursday »

Saint
Date
04/21/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14
04/19/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: