The secret agreement between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Vatican could be why the pope does not condemn the abuses in China.
Pope Francis is a well-known advocate of the oppressed and frequently speaks out on social issues and injustices. He was singled out in a recent Foreign Policy article for not having used his homily to condemn the abuses committed against the Uighurs in Xinjiang Province. Violence perpetrated by the CCP has been denounced by other religious groups for decades but is not yet on the Vatican’s agenda.
A video originally released in October 2019 resurfaced two weeks ago, showing hundreds of people with shaved heads, blindfolded, handcuffed, and put on trains. The world condemned the CCP when it became known that these people were Uighurs, a Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region who are severely persecuted for their faith.
In September 2018, an agreement signed between the Vatican and the CCP could be why Pope Francis remains silent about religious persecution in China. That agreement remains secret.
The agreement is thought to allow the Vatican to have a presence in China again. The era of Mao Zedong, 70 years ago, saw religion singled out as “the opium of the masses” by the communists finally destroyed it during the Great Cultural Revolution. That horrendous political movement destroyed temples and churches and murdered their leaders, burning the scriptures. Many older people and intellectuals were verbally attacked and physically abused. Many died.
Based on the “secret” agreement, the CCP will select its bishops even if they have not been officially ordained. According to a recent ESPN report, the CCP will direct and control the church in China, and the Vatican will not have the oversight it wants, as is the case with the NBA in China.
However, the agreement’s signing has not moderated CCP activities, and religious persecution in China remains rampant.
Bitter Winter, a website dedicated to documenting religious freedom and human rights in China, regularly publishes reports on Christians’ religious persecution. There have been reports of crosses being removed in several provinces and churches being closed in the last six months. The CCP has replaced the image of Jesus with that of leader Xi Jinping and Mao Zedong, as reported by The New Indian Express.
On an even more frightening scale, the persecution of Falun Dafa practitioners has also been solidly documented by the Minghui.org website, which has reported the forced removal of organs. Practitioners are still alive while their organs are removed, Minghui reports, and they count a total of 4,545 confirmed deaths. As we know, the real number of Falun Gong victims is likely far more than that. The secrecy and lies put out by the CCP regarding the CCP Virus (Wuhan COVID-19 virus) draw a sobering parallel with the murders of Falun Gong and other groups such as the Uighurs.
Jewish Leader Condemns Persecution of Muslims in China
Rabbi Sacks tweeted:
(1/7) As a human being who believes in the sanctity of human life, I am deeply troubled by what is happening to the Uighur Muslim population in China.
— Rabbi Sacks (@rabbisacks) July 22, 2020
Even Jewish leaders have raised their voices against the Uighur atrocities in Xinjiang. The pope has not yet spoken out, even though his faithful are suffering. Therefore, it is not clear what the concrete objective is of the world’s largest religion signing an agreement with an atheist regime that openly persecutes that same religion.
Muslim-majority countries are silent on the persecution of Muslim Uighurs and have, mostly, sided with the CCP.