Vatican City, Mar 20, 2020 / 23:19 pm
Cardinal Joseph Zen published Saturday a blog post accusing the Vatican's secretary of state of manipulating Pope Francis, and continuing his ongoing criticism of the Holy See's approach to the Catholic Church in China.
"My personal impression is that [Cardinal Pietro] Parolin manipulates the Pope, at least in things regarding the Church in China," Zen, the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong, wrote in a post published on his personal blog.
The post "Supplement to my answer to Cardinal G.B. Re," was dated March 10, although it was actually published March 21. It seemed to be an addendum to a March 3 open letter Zen wrote to Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re.
Zen's March 21 and March 3 letters came in response to a Feb. 26 letter from Re, dean of the Church's College of Cardinals, to the Church's cardinals, which claimed that that the China-Vatican deal represents the minds of St. John Paul II and of Benedict XVI, and that Zen's opposition to the deal is misguided.