Fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui claimed in a podcast that the Communist Party had been paying the Holy See generously since 2014 because Beijing wanted the Vatican to shut up about China’s religion policies.
U.S. based Guo, 52, said in the interview that the Communist country had been sent large sums to muzzle other countries … including Italy and Australia … from voicing concerns.
The billionaire’s comment comes after China faced widespread criticism over its crackdown on the country’s religious groups, particularly the ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims.
“Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin, Quanzhou China, Fujian Province had been downgraded to a homeless migrant and was being kicked to the curb outside his rectory after Communist authorities cut off all water and power to the rectory, during their shut down of other curia and parishes. The words of the agreement between Xi Jinping and Pope Francis, regarding Chinese Bishops, has not been shared with Cardinal Zen. The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association is a national church and its central authority lies with the Communist party … not with the Holy See of Rome. Crosses are being torn off the Catholic Churches which are not destroyed completely and the religious paintings within are replaced with pictures of Xi Jinping.” “from: http://www.churchmilitant.com
Pope Francis has not commented, nor complained, about the devastation to Catholic property, clergy and laity by Chinese Communist soldiers.
“Mr. Guo, the Chinese dissident on Mr. Bannons’ radio show, also claimed that the Chinese government was paying the Holy See with $100 million (Euro 80 million) before 2014, without specifying when those payments initially started..
CCP (Chinese Communist Party) “want Vatican to shut up and follow the CCP about the religion policies” said Guo, on the radio show. That is disaster”
“CCP knows … if the Vatican tells the truth about Chinese Christians and Catholics, CCP is die,” said Guo
“CCP is so worried, so they give two billion dollars to the Vatican, 1.5 billion dollars to Australia, 100 million dollars to Italy,” he added.
“The Chinese tycoon was speaking with Steve Bannon, former Trump strategist, on Bannon’s self launched radio show
Bannon, who was also the former executive chairman of the right-leaning Breitbart News, set up the radio show in October from the basement of his Capitol Hill row home, long branded the ‘Breitbart Embassy.’
He also brought in two co-hosts: former Breitbart London editor Raheem Kassam and Jason Miller, the Trump 2016 campaign’s spokesman.
The show is said to be broadcast on six conservative talk radio stations in Florida and Virginia, as well as streamed online as podcast.
Guo, a former member of China’s Communist Party, fled to the US after learning he was wanted for bribery, fraud, money laundering, as well as rape.
A prominent real estate developer with a net worth of more than two billion dollars, Guo was accused of engaging in shady business deals in a 2015 report by Beijing based media outlet Caixin, which he has denied.”