The Stamford Cardinal Kung Foundation has criticised that the Vatican ignored bishops jailed in China while rushing to sign the agreement with the Communist party (UcaNews.com, March 17).
It mentions Bishop James Su Zhimin of Baoding (*1932) who has been jailed for almost a quarter of a century for his fidelity to the Pope. His case was not part of the Vatican-China deal.
For the foundation, it is “extremely sad” that Francis would not exchange one elderly bishop in jail with eight excommunicated official bishops who were forgiven and recognized by Francis.
"Even a civil authority would not desert its citizen or soldier in a dire and unjust situation," the foundation said.
Picture: James Su Zhimin, #newsVnjovnokqv
If what you mean is that recognition of the Pope as Vicar of Christ is not essential.... well, that's an understandable mistake for a non Catholic. It is, that's why some yearbook who says the contrary is not Catholic and its authors aren't either. So they are not part of the Church, SO... make with that what you will, I'm no authority to say one more word...
"the Vatican ignored bishops jailed in China while rushing to sign the agreement with the Communist party..." --Y'think? It's heart-breaking to live in these times. It's like Catholics have to almost consciously remind themselves of each point in the Apostle's Creed and breathe a sigh of relief that allegiance to the Pope isn't listed among them.