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An outspoken critic of the Chinese Communist Party, Cdl. Joseph Zen is denouncing a new security law that puts Hong Kong's autonomy at risk.
"We are worried, we are very worried," said Zen, adding, "We need a miracle. We need a miracle from Heaven."
Under China's "one country, two systems" policy, Hong Kong was permitted to keep civil liberties such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech when the territory was transferred from Britain to China in 1997.
But the new security law, which is riddled with many unknown details, could obliterate Hong Kong's civil independence.
"It seems that this is going to destroy completely what they promised to Hong Kong in terms of autonomy," Zen lamented.
The Chinese Communist Party has been pushing for total control little by little, making Hong Kong the center of many pro-democracy demonstrations over the last year, some of which turned violent.
But in the midst of the conflict, the Vatican has remained silent.
"In Hong Kong, in all this time of turmoil, with so many young people suffering the brutality of the police, not a word from the Vatican," Zen noted, adding the Holy See is "always trying to please the Chinese government."
Cardinal Zen: "It's a total sellout."
The Hong Kong diocese is awaiting a bishop, and Zen suggests the Vatican is trying to find somebody who will please the Chinese Communist Party, saying, "I don't think that the choice of a bishop should be guided by these political reasons. ... Maybe the Holy See is not following the criterion of faith, but is subject to political considerations, and that's very dangerous for our diocese."