Over the weekend Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, raised eyebrows when he said the next step for the Vatican and China would be to …More
Over the weekend Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, raised eyebrows when he said the next step for the Vatican and China would be to establish formal diplomatic relations, and spoke of a possible future papal trip....
“What Sorondo said is more of a hope than a reality,” Father Bernardo Cervellera, head of Asia News and an expert on Chinese affairs, told Crux, saying that in his view, it was a comment made “out of courtesy,” but “there doesn’t seem like there are many signs” anything could happen soon.
For official relations to be established, Cervellera said there are a slew of issues that would need to be resolved, including outlining the function of the Chinese Patriotic Association - which oversees the formal, government-backed Chinese Catholic Church - and the role of the so-called “underground” church, which pledged faithfulness to Rome rather than the PA.
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Experts say formal Vatican-China ties are a distant hope

The faithful attend Mass at Beijing's South Catholic Church Sept. 29, 2018. (Credit: Jason Lee, Reuters via CNS.) ROME – Over the weekend Bishop …
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Doesn't matter if the big visit happens. Francis has already let Communist China co-opt the Catholic Church into a tool of the state.