Christian Persecution Update

Vatican urges China not to intimidate underground Catholics. “Yah, that is really gonn’a work” (sarcasm). False Prophet ‘weasles’ around relationship with Beijing.

Psalm 25:19. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.

Psalm 38:19. But mine enemies are lively, and they are strong: and they that hate me wrongfully are multiplied.

Psalm 41:7. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.

Psalm 69:4. They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

Psalm 69:14. Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Matthew 10:22. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Mark 13:13. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 6:22. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Luke 21:17. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.

John 7:7. The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

John 15:18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

John 15:23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

Vatican urges China not to intimidate underground Catholics. “Yah, that is really gonn’a work” (sarcasm). False Prophet ‘weasles’ around relationship with Beijing.

AFP•June 28, 2019

The Vatican on Friday called on Beijing to stop putting pressure on worshippers who choose to belong to China’s unofficial underground church loyal to the Vatican.

China’s roughly 12 million Catholics are divided between a government-run association, whose clergy are chosen by the atheist Communist Party, and an unofficial underground church loyal to the Vatican.

“The Holy See asks that no intimidatory pressures be applied to the ‘non-official’ Catholic communities, as, unfortunately, has already happened,” the Vatican said in a statement Friday.

Beijing and the Vatican severed diplomatic relations in 1951.

Although ties have improved as China’s Catholic population grows and the Vatican intensifies efforts to restore relations, tensions remain.

The law in China requires priests and bishops not only register but also align with the country’s official church, the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

“Priests are asked to subscribe to texts which are incompatible with the doctrine of the Catholic Church, creating struggles of conscience,” according to Andrea Tornielli, editorial director for Vatican communications.

“They are asked to accept the principle of independence, autonomy and self-management of the Church in China,” he added — a problem for worshippers loyal to the pope.

The Vatican said bishops and priests could refuse on freedom of conscience grounds.

A document published Friday said those registering could ask for a sentence to be added affirming the independence of the Roman Catholic Church.

“At the same time, the Holy See understands and respects the choice of those who, in conscience, decide that they are unable to register under the current conditions,” it said.

Tornielli said the Vatican was “aware of the limitations” (persecution) faced by many Chinese Catholics.

“But it wants to show that we can look beyond and walk forwards without compromising the fundamental principles of ecclesiastical communion”.

An agreement struck in September on the appointment of bishops paved the way for a rapprochement, with both Beijing and the Holy See now to have a say in appointing Catholic bishops in the Communist country, the world’s most populous.

But the accord was forged despite a clampdown on religious worship in China, where churches were destroyed in some regions and several church-run kindergartens closed last year. Authorities have also cracked down on Bible sales.

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