Cardinal McCarrick’s Unofficial Role in Vatican-China Relations

“For over 20 years McCarrick travelled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes staying in a state-controlled Beijing seminary.”

“He often served as an unofficial bridge between the Vatican and Chinese government appointed Bishops until 2016. Before allegations of sexual abuse and harrassment becoming public this summer, the former Cardinal had been an outspoken proponent of a deal between Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Church under Pope Francis, according to Chinese reports.

“I see a lot of things happening that would really open many doors because President Xi and his government are concerned about things that Pope Francis is concerned about.”  McCarrick told The Global Times, in an exclusive interview in February 2016.”

The interview quoted McCarrick as saying that the similarities between Pope Francis and Xi Jinping could be a “special gift for the world.”  Catholic Herald Monday Sep 17, 2018

Similarities between atheism and Catholicism?  It is not written anywhere  in the Catholic Herald what these ‘similarities’ which McCarrick speaks of could possible be.

Pius XII writes in ”Cupimus Imprimus’ which is a letter to the Catholic Church in China during a particularly hard persecution by Communism that “As everyone knows, and can easily see, there is certainly no lack of those who endeavor to seize earthly power  … but the Church neither aspires to this, nor seeks it.  In fact, she tries to propagate the truth of the Gospel, which adorns the hearts of men, improves them and makes them worthy of heaven…..the Church is brighter than the sunlight…..”

What truth has changed to make atheism and Catholicism similar?  Truth, which never changes, has yet been changed again by a Cardinal of the Catholic Church … he proclaims.  However, it cannot be changed, as both he and Pope Francis will discover.

The Catholic Herald also informs us that “McCarrick traveled to China in February 2016 to “visit some old friends”

His previous visits included meetings with Wang Zuo’an, head of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, and the late Bishop Fu Tieshan, former president of Bishops’Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC), an organization no recognized by the Holy See” The Global Times reported.

In June 2014, David Gibson reported in the Washington Post that McCarrick had traveled to China in the past year for “sensitive talks on religious freedom”

This detail aligns, in part, with the 11 page testimony of former apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.  Vigano recounted a meeting with McCarrick in June 2013 in which he told of a meeting he had with Pope Francis “yesterday” and “tomorrow I am going to China.

McCarrick was hosted by the Beijing seminary during at least two trips to China, according to a 2006 State Department document made available via Wikileaks.

The vice-rector of a Communist approved seminary, Father Shu-Jie Chen, described twice hosting McCarrick in an account found in a cable from Christopher Sandrolini, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See.

Chen described himself as a “king’ of the seminary saying that he “could do what he wanted within its’ walls.

Sandrolini also noted that the vice rector “downplayed the persecution of the underground church calling its members uneducated and elderly.”


“A cable from U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Francis Rooney in March 2,000, noted that Archbishop Claudio Celli, who was at that time the Holy See’s principal China negotiator, insisted that McCarrick was not in a position to negotiate with China and that his visits to China were “unofficial”

There appears to be a gap between McCarrick’s trips to China between 2006 and 2013, though McCarrick’s influence was still active.

In 2009, the archbishop had a message relayed to a friend in China through Nancy Pelosi, then speaker of the House of Representatives.  Pelosi conveyed McCarrick’s greetings to Bishop AloysiusJin of Shanghai, formerly a leading Chinese Jesuit.

Pelosi relayed Cardinal McCarrick’s good wishes to Bishop Jin.  Bishop Jin said he and Cardinal McCarrick had exchanged visits, beginning when the latter was Bishop of Newark”  the State Department cable reads.

During McCarricks time as Archbishop of Newark, Aloysius Jin Luxian was not recognized as a bishop by the Vatican.  He was ordained a coadjutor Bishop of Shanghai without papal approval in 1985.  His position was not recognized by the Vatican until 2004.  Bishop Jin died in 2013.

Both the State Department and Chinese media recorded a 1998 visit to China by Archbishop McCarrick.  On that trip he was one of three American clerics to visit China to discuss religious freedom, meeting with Bishop Michael Fu Tieshan, vice chairman of the Chinese Communist Party’s Standing Committee of the Chinese National People’s Congress.

Fu was made a bishop by Beijing without approval of the Pope.

Chinese media reported that McCarrick paid a visit to the National Seminary in Beijing in 1998.

August 2, 2003, the South China Morning Post, reported that McCarrick “spent three days in Beijing earlier this week on what was ostensibly a private visit.”

On Sept. 14, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Holy See could be about to enter a deal with China which would include the recognition of seven illicitly consecrated bishops serving in the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association- a state sponsored form of Catholicism whose leaders are chosen by Communist authorities.”

We, who are ‘rigid’ and have babies like rabbits, know now … that the deal has been concluded.  Pope Francis has officially thrown the ‘uneducated, elderly’ of the underground church under the proverbial bus.


2 thoughts on “Cardinal McCarrick’s Unofficial Role in Vatican-China Relations

  1. imajvmb

    Burrrr.. so creepy… yet a miracle from Our Lady that it is now out in the open!! I love your writing ^_^ I need to remember to read it more often!!

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