Cardinal Joseph Zen denounced that the Catholic Church in China is in a serious situation because of the communist regime that rules the country and it seeks the “surrender” of the Vatican.
“They want complete surrender. That’s communism,” Zen told the CNA in Washington, on Feb. 11.
China’s political system banned some Christmas ceremonies, rewrote Bibles and would have led to fewer priestly vocations, Zen told U.S. lawmakers he met, including Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ).
In particular, Zen referred to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, who is said to have his own agenda and is hiding “the ugly face of Chinese communism.”
“I’m fighting Parolin. Because the bad things come from him,” Zen stressed, alluding to an agreement that leaves parishioners exposed to the persecution of the Chinese communist regime.
The Chinese regime has sought for years to control the Catholic Church, which it reportedly achieved in September 2018 by signing a secret agreement with the Vatican.
Zen reported that Chinese Catholics come to Hong Kong, his diocese, to complain, but that he cannot do anything.
“And so the situation is, humanly speaking, hopeless, for the Catholic Church,” Zen said.
Zen emphatically warned the Vatican not to allow the Chinese regime to appoint Catholic bishops in China, but he was not heard, and so he published his book “For the Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent.”
Likewise, a report by the U.S. Congressional Executive Committee on China (CECC), released in January, noted that human rights abuses have intensified, and that the persecution of Catholics worsened after the Vatican-China agreement was reached.
There are many cases of abuse committed by the Chinese regime against other spiritual practices and ethnic minorities.
Thus, the CECC issued a statement on July 20, 2019, urging the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to stop the persecution against the spiritual discipline known as Falun Dafa (or Falun Gong).
“For the past twenty years, Falun Gong practitioners have experienced appalling and unacceptable human rights abuses in China,” says the statement issued by Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.), chairman of the CECC, and its co-chairman, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Assistant Secretary of State John J. Sullivan denounced “the horrors of state repression” of human rights by the Chinese regime on Sept. 24 before more than 30 countries in New York.
He also stressed the responsibility of the U.N. and its members, according to Global News, for what the survivors endured at the hands of the regime—the horrors against the human rights and fundamental freedoms of minorities, including the Uighur.