Pope Francis does not understand the Chinese Communist Party, says Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen

Hong Kong Free Press HKFP | 10/8/2017 | Staff
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Pope Francis does not understand the Chinese Communist Party, Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen has said, amid rumours that the Vatican is on the brink of forming diplomatic ties with China.

The Vatican currently has diplomatic relations with the Taiwanese government. But it has conducted secret negotiations with Beijing in recent years. Last month, Zen mentioned in his blog a potential agreement between the Vatican and Beijing whereby the atheist country will have the final say in the appointment of priests. He said that “no deal is better than a bad deal.”

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During a visit to Canada and the US, Zen, 85, criticised the optimistic attitude that he observed among top Vatican officials.

Cardinal Joseph Zen. File Photo: Stand News.

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“The Chinese government has not made any concessions in the negotiations,” he told the Chinese-language World Journal in New York. “There are some things that we cannot make compromises.”

He told the newspaper that Pope Francis was from South America and was sympathetic to communists: “He does not understand the Chinese Communist Party at all.”

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