.- The Archbishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, said from Turin this week that âthe time has not yet come for the Pope to visit China,â as âhis trip would be used by the government, would be misunderstood and would do nothing for the faithful of the Roman Church.â
âIn China there is no religious freedom or freedom of the press, and although the government wants you to think it is opening up in view of the Olympic Games, it controls the internet all the time,â Cardinal Zen said.
The cardinal recalled Pope Benedict XVIâs letter to Chinese Catholics in which he called on Communist authorities to guarantee âauthentic religious freedomâ to Chinese Catholics. He noted that after the release of the Popeâs letter, ânothing has changed.â Therefore, he said he was skeptical that Chinese officials would fulfill their promise to âhalt the ordination of bishopsâ not approved by Rome during the Olympic period.
Although he acknowledged that âthe Olympic Games can help change the current situation of repression,â Cardinal Zen warned that the âChinese government, even in the pre-Olympic period, wants to control everything, it is omnivorous.â