Saturday, December 18, 2010

More on the Sino-Vatican Chill

  • Full text of the "Vatican statement regarding eighth meeting of the representatives of Chinese Catholics, which has 'unilaterally damaged' dialogue" — Vatican's profound sorrow for Beijing’s "unacceptable and hostile acts" against the Church.

  • "The violence against bishops and opposition to the Holy See are a sign that those in power are afraid about what to do now that China is at a crossroad, faced with a choice between a path of openness and democracy or a return to the times of Mao and the red guard," suggests Fr. Bernardo Cervellera — Courage and prophecy: a Vatican David vs a Chinese Goliath.
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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hearing the word 'democracy' from the mouth of the Vatican of all places... Didn't know they were an example of 'democracy' either. Some news to me... Use of words can be strange at times in these circles...

    3:15 AM  
    Blogger Tiago said...

    Of course the Vatican isn't an example of democracy. It wouldn't make much sense for it even to be one, seeing as it doesn't have citizens. It is, however, an example of a Rechtsstaat, where everyone is equally subject to the established Law (both Canon Law and, more broadly, Tradition). China is still, as can be seen from these events, a state where the powerful can and do exercise arbitrariness towards those who do not possess such power.

    1:41 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Well said, Tiago.

    5:00 PM  

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