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2019-08-6_China_Plenary

Christianity purged from Western literature

Source: China Erases ‘God,’ ‘Christ’ and ‘Bible’ in Western Classics for Kids

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07-17-2019-CdlZenInterview

Embattled Hong Kong cardinal: ‘We have to defend ourselves’

Source: Exclusive Interview: Cdl. Joseph Zen

“CM: What words of encouragement do you have for those in the underground Church in China?
Cardinal Zen: At this moment, it is very difficult to give advice because I have no authority, but generally, when people ask me, I say, “If you hear that the Holy See is allowing you to do this or that, and you do this or that, I would not blame you because it is OK to follow the instructions of the Holy See. But then, you must always ask about your conscience ― whether those guidelines are correct. If your conscience says, ‘No, they are making a mistake,’ then your conscience is the last counsel for your actions. But never rebel; just quietly accept the consequences of the situation. So, if the government takes away your churches, just let them take them. If you are a priest and you are no longer allowed to say Mass because you didn’t sign the government document, then go home.”
You can never renounce your faith; but in difficult times, you can renounce the benefits of the sacraments [because they are not available] because God is able to give grace even outside of the sacraments. If they do not allow you to say Mass for the faithful, then go home and tell the people to pray in their homes. Offer your sacrifice and hope for better times. Maybe, they are coming soon ― better times ― maybe it will be a long time; we put ourselves in the hands of God.” 

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“CM: Do you have anything else you would like to say to the English-speaking world?
Cardinal Zen: Keep praying; keep praying. Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel [July 16]. I made a pilgrimage today, walking two hours to the monastery; we have a Carmelite monastery here in Hong Kong. So, I went to the Mass and asked them to pray.
We have to remember that, on Mount Carmel, there was a prophet, Elijah. He was a prophet of fire [who used fire] to fight the false prophets. Sometimes, we have to become like Elijah ― and sometimes we must suffer like Jeremiah ― but sometimes we have to fight also.
May God bless you. Keep praying.”

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8. In par. 8 it is said that the faithful should accept the decision of their pastors. What does that mean? That they do not have the individual freedom to choose? Mustn’t their conscience be respected?
When brothers from China ask me what to do, I have always given the answer: respect the choices of others and to remain firm in the conviction of one’s conscience. This is because I have no authority to impose my views on others about what is right or wrong. But doesn’t the Holy See have the authority and therefore the duty to clarify precisely this to the members of the Church? Are the Pastoral Guidelines doing that?

Source Article:  https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/cdl-zen-tells-pope-francis-that-vaticans-new-pastoral-doc-to-china-justifies-apostasy

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The protests in Hong Kong this month are an indicator that China’s “One Country, Two Systems” approach isn’t working. Peaceful reunification is a long shot because the two regions have opposing values, and Hongkongers just don’t identify themselves as “Chinese”.

via Why Hong Kong’s Sociocultural DNA is Hugely Different from China’s — Confounding Conditions

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By:  Helen Davidson in Hong Kong

Source Article see here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jun/07/the-last-fight-for-hong-kong-activists-gear-up-to-protest-extradition-law

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“Cardinal Zen: From the very beginning the Catholics faced a choice: either to accept the orders of the government, which demand that we should renounce our dependence on the pope. So, many people, probably the majority, said that we cannot do that. So, they were all sending to prison, labor camps. That means in the years 50s. And then some others, for any reason, they thought that maybe we can have some compromise. So, they accepted that control of the government, and so they could run the church for an amount of time.

And when the Cultural Revolution came even those in the above ground they were persecuted and then put into prison, labor camp, because during those same years all religions disappeared.”

Full Article:  https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/cardinal-joseph-zen-love-my-people-i-will-not-remain-silent

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Steven Mosher: ‘That’s the recipe for the elimination of the Catholic Church, not tolerance of it’

Source: Expert Explains Vatican Compromise With Communist China

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