Sinicization of all churches was first mentioned by Secretary General Xi Jinping in the Central United Front Meeting in 2015. The CPA and the Bishops Conference have passed a five year plan to “sinicize” the Catholic Church. This means that all religions will uphold an independent principle and follow the leadership of the Communist Party. http://www.asianews.it (vatican asks legitimate bishops to step aside in favour of illegitimate ones
During a sermon for a Catholic priest who died mysteriously in Communist China, Cardinal Joseph Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, had called on God to save the Holy See from “the brink of the precipice and not sell out the faithful Church” to the Chinese government. (Asia News Nov. 11, 2017)
The Holy See has fallen off the brink of the precipice!
In his sermon, Cardinal Zen was referring to ongoing negotiations between the Vatican and the Communist Chinese government concerning the selection of Bishops. Since the Communist revolution in 1950, there have been two Catholic churches in China: the Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA), which is run by the government, and the real underground Catholic Church, which is loyal to Rome, and is illegal in China.
Cardinal Zen had been to Rome in January of 2017, and, delivered a letter personally to Pope Francis. At age 86, he had stood in line in the freezing weather with other petitioners.
His plea for help from the Vatican and Pope Francis has fallen on deaf ears.
The real Catholic church in China is in union with Rome and is loyal to the Pope. The CPA is not in union with Rome and is not loyal to the Pope.
In the Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA), Chinese government authorities select the Bishops and monitor them, their churches, and their congregations to assure that all are behaving in accordance with the party line.
As the Wall Street Journal reported last year, the CPA “oversees the official church of some 70 Bishops and five million adherents who answer to Beijing and toe its line.
The underground church, by contrast, follows the Pope, for which its 30 Bishops and estimated seven million adherents face harassment, imprisonment and worse.” https://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/cardinal-zen-calls-vatican-not-sell-out-faithful–church-china
Catholicism and Communism are sharply opposed to each other.
Cardinal Zen, of the faithful underground, can well shed light on the difference as he goes on in his sermon about the priest who “died mysteriously” as others have done and will continue to do under Communism should they deviate from the party and try to remain holy Catholics:
Father Wei Heping, 41 years old, a priest of the underground Church, died in mysterious circumstances in November of 2015. He had been on a trip to Leaoaning province and was expected to return home on November 8, 2015.
His body was found in a river in Snanxi. Police ruled the cause of death to be “suicide”. According to the news report an autopsy showed a “wide hemorrhagic area in the right part of the brain but no wounds on the skin” They refused to give a copy of this very questionable report to Father Wei’s family.
The Holy See has asked Bishop Peter Zhuang Jianjian of Shantou, and an underground Bishop, to retire. He will be replaced by Bishop Joseph Huang Bingzhang, who is a CPA Bishop.
So China and the Vatican will work together to overthrow the ‘real’ Catholic Church!
The waters of the errors of Russia continue to flow over the face of the earth in great rivers of blood and tears.