Main content

rome 3021586 640

 

Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen on Tuesday warned that a pending deal between the Catholic Church and Beijing could be a “disaster” for religious freedom in China. The outspoken 86-year-old former bishop has been one of the loudest opponents of a proposed rapprochement between the Vatican and China, which broke off diplomatic relations in 1951.

“From what I could know or guess, it will be a disaster,” Zen told dpa. While still in the works, the deal would see the Vatican recognize seven bishops already appointed by the Communist Party without approval of the Pope – and considered renegade bishops outside of China – paving the way for improved relations with Beijing.

PM News - Vatican, China Deal Could Be ‘Disaster’ For Religious Freedom, Ex Bishop Warns