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As China and the Vatican continue discussing how to address unauthorized bishops in China, bishops in Hong Kong are expressing concern that the Pope is unaware of the situation in China. Chinese bishops worry that the Vatican’s possible agreement with the Chinese government will cede control of bishop nomination and approval to the government rather than the church while also betraying underground Christians.
2/27/2017 China (Newsmax) – A deal between the Chinese government and the Vatican giving the Chinese government power over the Catholic Church in China would be a betrayal of the church’s underground faithful, Joseph Zen, the retired bishop of Hong Kong, has warned Pope Francis.
“We are very much worried because it seems that the Vatican is going to make a very bad agreement with China,” Zen told LifeSiteNews. “I can understand that the pope is really naïve. He doesn’t know the Chinese communists.”
He is also concerned that the pope could be misinformed about the situation China’s underground Catholics face.
“Unfortunately, the people around him are not good at all,”They have very wrong ideas. And I’m afraid that they may sell out our underground Church. That would be very sad,” Zen added.
Zen said he has been urged to speak out against a deal with the Vatican, as already, priests and bishops have faced imprisonment for refusing to submit to the state-sponsored church.

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