In an almost eye-wateringly ironic tweet, the Catholic News Service is quoting Pope Francis as having said,
“A particular thought goes to our brothers and sisters who celebrate the Birth of the Lord in difficult, if not hostile situations, especially where the Christian community is a minority…”
Makes you wonder what the poor Chinese Catholics from the persecuted underground Church thought about those words…
Bergolio goes on about “mercy,” even accusing his predecessors of lacking sufficient mercy when it comes to interpreting capital punishment.
No such mercy for the Underground Church in China, however…
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Well, the new deal between China and the Holy See is paying big dividends…at least for the Red Chinese.
It’s hard to keep up with all the moves being made during this pontificate. Many of the pronouncements coming from the Vatican seem to be intentionally ambiguous, allowing for the faithful to fib to themselves that nothing’s changed, and allowing the less heterodox among us to exploit the carefully constructed loopholes in documents like Amoris Laetitia. No doubt the end product of this month’s synod will produce whoppers of equal magnitude.
Then, of course, there are the outright moves of betrayal, such as the stunning agreement with the Red Chinese which effectively throws the Underground Church in China under the bus.
Even though many faithful Catholics are confused, perplexed, disturbed, and perhaps even outraged by the Pontiff’s moves, there are those whom we suspect would be quite pleased…