When the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) seeks to demolish Chinese Catholic churches, Vatican silence echoes. When the CCP goes on a crusade to destroy crucifixes and holy statues in systemic eradication of the faith, Vatican silence echoes. When the CCP prohibits Chinese children under the age of 18 from practicing religion, global human rights groups react, but Vatican silence echoes.
Francis, known as the Pope of Mercy, continues his silence while the CCP rounds up Catholic clergy who refuse to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Church. When retired Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen warned the Holy See about the danger of the new draconian crackdown in Hong Kong, Papal silence echoed.
Despite unanimously condemning human rights violations in the Sino-Vatican September 2018 secret agreement, the Vatican refuses to disclose its terms or withdraw from the pact. In fact, as religious persecution reverberates, theVatican indicates it will renew the Sino-Vatican deal in September.
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