Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Cardinal Parolin was interviewed on the China matter.

Cardinal Parolin was interviewed on the China matter.

He states:

"There is no longer reason to prevent Chinese Catholics from living in communion together."

It cannot be accepted anywhere that the State has a veto over the Church's selections of its bishops. The official Catholic Patriotic Association, a schsimatic excommunicated "church" with apostolic succession and under the appearance of being Catholic is a communist entity. It must support the government's policy including its policy on abortion and the restriction of family size. For 70 years the real Catholics of China have been persecuted and martyred.

This is a betrayal of them. 

There can be no deal with the communist dragon, the devil. 

Make no mistake - the Vatican apparatchiks and Peronists are running scared because they have been exposed.

Parolin, “Why we are in dialogue with China”
Interview with the Secretary of State who responds to the accusations made against the Holy See regarding the ongoing contacts, “We trust that the Chinese faithful, thanks to their spirit of faith, will know how to recognize that our action is animated by trust in the Lord and does not answer to worldly logic” 

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State

VATICAN CITY --  Several signals (including opaque operations, actual political manipulations, and even sabotage) indicate that important developments may occur in contacts between the Holy See and the Government of the People's Republic of China. The time is right to listen to an authoritative word, which will help to grasp what the Pope and the Holy See really have at heart. And with our Chinese brothers and sisters in mind, help to dispel suspicions and artificial fumes, to look at the ecclesial heart of the whole question, outside politicized narratives. For this reason, Vatican Insider interviewed Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of His Holiness. 
Eminence, what can you tell us about the dialogue between the Holy See and the People's Republic of China?

"As it is well known, with the advent of "New China", there were, for the life of the Church in that great country, moments of serious contrasts and severe suffering. Since the eighties, however, contacts have been established between representatives of the Holy See and of People's China, who have known different seasons and alternating events. The Holy See has always maintained a pastoral approach, trying to overcome the contrasts and making itself available for a respectful and constructive dialogue with the civil authorities. Pope Benedict XVI well represented the spirit of this dialogue in his 2007 Letter to Chinese Catholics, "the solution to existing problems cannot be pursued via an ongoing conflict with the legitimate civil authorities " (n. 4). In Pope Francis’ pontificate, the ongoing negotiations move exactly along these lines: constructive openness to dialogue and fidelity to the genuine Tradition of the Church".

What are the concrete expectations of the Holy See from this dialogue?

"First of all, I would like to make a premise: in China, perhaps more than elsewhere, Catholics have been able to preserve, despite the many difficulties and sufferings, the authentic deposit of faith, keeping firmly the bond of hierarchical communion between the Bishops and the Successor of Peter, as a visible guarantee of faith itself. In fact, communion between the Bishop of Rome and all Catholic Bishops touches the heart of the Church's unity: it is not a private matter between the Pope and the Chinese Bishops or between the Apostolic See and civil authorities. Having said that, the main purpose of the Holy See in the ongoing dialogue is precisely that of safeguarding communion within the Church, in the wake of genuine Tradition and constant ecclesiastical discipline. You see, in China there are not two Churches, but two communities of faithful called to follow a gradual path of reconciliation towards unity. It is not, therefore, a matter of maintaining a perennial conflict between opposing principles and structures, but of finding realistic pastoral solutions that allow Catholics to live their faith and to continue together the work of evangelization in the specific Chinese context".

The communion of which you have spoken calls into question the delicate issue of the episcopal appointments, which are stirring up much controversy. Will a potential agreement on this issue succeed in resolving the problems of the Church in China in a fair manner? 

"The Holy See knows and shares the serious sufferings endured by many Catholics in China and their generous witness to the Gospel. She knows that there are many problems for the life of the Church and that they cannot all be solved together. But, in this context, the question of the appointment of Bishops is crucial. On the other hand, we cannot forget that the freedom of the Church and the appointment of Bishops have always been recurring themes in the relations between the Holy See and the States. Certainly, the path started with China through the current contacts is gradual and still exposed to many unforeseen events, as well as new possible emergencies. No one can say in conscience that they have perfect solutions for all problems. Time and patience are needed to heal the many personal wounds inflicted on each other within the communities. Unfortunately, it is certain that there will still be misunderstandings, fatigue and suffering to be faced. But we all have confidence that, once the issue of the Episcopal appointments has been adequately considered, the remaining difficulties should no longer be such as to prevent Chinese Catholics from living in communion with each other and with the Pope. This is the important thing, so long-awaited and desired already by Saint John Paul II and Benedict XVI and today pursued with far-sightedness by Pope Francis".

What is then the true attitude of the Holy See towards Chinese authorities?

"It is important to reiterate this: in dialogue with China, the Holy See pursues a spiritual aim: to be and feel fully Catholic and, at the same time, authentically Chinese. With honesty and realism, the Church asks nothing but to profess her faith with more serenity, definitively ending a long period of contrasts, in order to give more room for greater trust and offer the positive contribution of Catholics to the good of Chinese society as a whole. 

Of course, many wounds are still open today. To treat them, we need to use the balm of mercy. And if someone is asked to make a sacrifice, small or great, it must be clear to everyone that this is not the price of a political exchange, but falls within the evangelical perspective of a greater good, the good of the Church of Christ. The hope is that, when God wills it, we won’t have to speak of "legitimate" and "illegitimate" Bishops, "clandestine" and "official" Bishops in the Church in China, but about meeting among brothers and sisters, learning the language of collaboration and communion again. Without this experience, how could the Church in China re-launch the journey of evangelization and bring to others the consolation of the Lord? If you are not ready to forgive, this means, unfortunately, that there are other interests to defend: but this is not an evangelical perspective". 

If this is the attitude, is there not the risk of erasing the past and present suffering by wiping the slate clean?

"Quite the contrary. Many Chinese Christians, when they celebrate their martyrs who have suffered unjust trials and persecutions, remember that they have been able to rely on God, even in their fragile humanity. Now, the best way to honor this testimony and make it fruitful in the present, is to entrust the present life of Catholic communities in China to the Lord Jesus. But this cannot be done in a spiritualistic and disembodied way. This is done by choosing fidelity to the Successor of Peter, with a spirit of filial obedience, even when not everything appears immediately clear and understandable. About your question, it is not a matter of wiping the slate clean, ignoring or, almost magically erasing the painful path of so many faithful and pastors, but of investing the human and spiritual capital of so many trials to build a more serene and fraternal future, with the help of God. The Spirit who has so far guarded the faith of Chinese Catholics is the same Spirit who supports them today on the new path they have embarked upon". 

 Is there a council, a particular request that the Apostolic See can address to the Chinese faithful at this moment? To those who are happy before potential new developments, but also to those who are confused or  have objections? 

"I would like to say with great simplicity and clarity that the Church will never forget the past and present trials and sufferings of Chinese Catholics. All this is a great treasure for the universal Church. Therefore, to the Chinese Catholics I say with great fraternity: we are close to you, not only through prayer, but also through our daily commitment to accompany and support you on the path of full communion. We ask you, therefore, that no one should cling to the spirit of opposition to condemn his brother or use the past as an excuse to stir up new resentments and closures. On the contrary, we hope that each one will look with confidence at the future of the Church, beyond any human limit". 

Your Eminence, do you really believe that this is possible? What is your trust based on? 

"I am convinced of one thing. Trust is not the result of the strength of diplomacy or negotiations. Trust is based on the Lord who guides history. We trust that the Chinese faithful, thanks to their sense of faith, will know how to recognize that the action of the Holy See is animated by this trust, which does not respond to worldly logics. It is especially up to the pastors to help the faithful to recognize in the Pope's guidance the sure reference point for grasping God's plan in the present circumstances". 

Is the Pope informed of what his collaborators do in their contacts with the Chinese government? 

"Yes, the Holy Father personally follows current contacts with the authorities of the People's Republic of China. All his collaborators act in concert with him. No one takes private initiatives. Frankly, any other kind of reasoning seems to me to be out of place."

In recent times, critical expressions have emerged, also within the Church, about the approach adopted by the Holy See in dialogue with the Chinese Authorities, judged by some as a true "surrender" for political reasons. What do you think? 

"I think, first of all, that in the Church there is a full right to disagree and to tell one's own criticisms, and that the Holy See has a moral duty to listen to them and to evaluate them carefully. I am also convinced that, among Christians, criticism should be directed at building communion and not at stirring up divisions. To be frank, I will tell you: I am also convinced that part of the suffering experienced by the Church in China is not so much due to the will of individuals as to the objective complexity of the situation. Therefore, it is legitimate to have different views over the most appropriate responses to the problems of the past and present. That is entirely reasonable. Having said that, I think that no personal point of view can be considered as an exclusive interpreter of what is good for Chinese Catholics. Therefore, the Holy See works to find a synthesis of truth and a practicable way to respond to the legitimate expectations of the faithful, inside and outside China. It takes greater humility and spirit of faith to discover together God's plan for the Church in China. It takes greater caution and moderation on the part of everyone in order not to fall into sterile polemics that hurt communion and rob our hope for a better future". 

What do you mean? 

"I mean that we are all called to distinguish more appropriately the spiritual and pastoral dimension from that of politics. Let us start, for example, with the words we use every day. Expressions such as power, betrayal, resistance, surrender, confrontation, failure, compromise, should make room for others, such as service, dialogue, mercy, forgiveness, reconciliation, collaboration, communion. If you are not prepared to change this approach, there is a serious problem: taht of thinking and acting only politically. In this regard, the Holy See hopes for everyone a sincere pastoral conversion inspired by the Gospel of mercy, in order to learn to welcome one another among brothers and sisters, as Pope Francis has often called for". 

What would you say to the Chinese leaders today?  

"Look, on this point I would like to refer again to Benedict XVI's words in his Letter to the Chinese Catholics. He teaches that the mission proper to the Church is not to change the structures or administration of the State, but to proclaim to mankind Christ, the Savior of the world, relying on the power of God. The Church in China does not want to replace the state, but wants to make a positive and serene contribution for the good of all. Therefore, the Holy See's message is a message of goodwill, with the hope of continuing the dialogue undertaken in order to contribute to the life of the Catholic Church in China, to the good of the Chinese people and to World peace".   


Johnno said...

I can't even bring myself to read an entire interview with this much rancid stupidity right from the opening paragraphs.

Cardinal Parolin obviously imagines his audience is stupid, and thus gave stupid answers for stupid people where he deems that repeating the words 'dialogue', 'pastoral' and 'community' enough to essentially replace the reality of 'Communist government demands' versus 'Vatican capitulation', 'Communist ideology' versus 'Catholic Faith' and 'Communist Control' versus 'Papal authority' and 'schism' to be sufficient enough to placate make those idiots who read Crux and John Allen.

If Parolin were Moses, he'd essentially have turned around when he reached the Red Sea, taken the Hebrews back to Egypt and left them under the care of the Pharaoh.

What a schmuck. It'd have been better if they never opened their mouths at all. But thanks to the Holy Spirit, they're talking themselves into a corner, particularly after outing Francis as the ringleader of this Iscariot affair.

Anonymous said...

...and poison Parolin wants to be the next pope? Let's see...Pope Judas, Pope Herod, Pope Pilate.


M. Prodigal said...

I do not know that the Vatican corrupts are running scared; I think their senseless minds are darkened and they continue on with impunity and protection for the man in white.

Dorota Mosiewicz-Patalas said...

Team Bergoglio has shown us that their goal is "Oneness" of all humanity. They have told us that any religion or world-view without deities leads to salvation as long as one works toward the UN Agenda 2030 goals, which are about equity in the "global village". They want not wealth, but poverty (sustainable development) to be equitably distributed.

Since Bergoglio makes promises of salvation to everyone except for "fundamentalists" (which simply means honest people, who believe what they say they believe), equaling terrorist Mohammedans (who believe that killing the unbeliever is an express lane to heaven full of sex with virgins) with faithful Catholics (who believe that killing anybody is evil, and who do not expect heaven to be a harem), who fights for equality of outcomes (this is why he denies the existence of hell), we should expect that he will throw faithful Chinese Catholics to the communist dragon to devour.

Bergoglio wants Oneness and unity with the world, and this, as the Word of God tells us, is only possible for those who reject Jesus Christ.

We know what Bergoglio thinks of us, and what he is more than willing to do to us. The UN and their spiritual "ascended" masters, channeled by Alice Bailey, explain it very well. We will be eliminated, or so they think.

Johnno said...

Ferrara takes him apart here

Ana Milan said...

The Vatican are in thrall to China & in league with George Soros who has stated that China must lead the NWO. They are ditching faithful Catholics like Judas ditched Christ for 30 pieces of silver. God's wrath awaits them & they will not succeed.

Anonymous said...

Theoretically speaking, I’d like to know if the Vatican would agree to such an arrangement with a capitalist government with a leader like Trump, for instance. Dialogue anyone?......... never mind.

CatholicNI said...

Are there any men remaining on earth with power and authority to remit sins?

Unknown said...

Hahaha--good one, Anonymous!