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Cardinal Raymond Burke is rebuking the Vatican for cheering communist China while snubbing Taiwan, after the two countries donated medical supplies to the Holy See to help contain the Wuhan virus.
Burke noted that the Holy See "made a point to praise the People's Republic of China for sending masks and medical equipment to the Vatican," but "has not acknowledged in any public way the generous help received from Taiwan."
On Holy Thursday, Vatican press office director Matteo Bruni applauded Beijing's contribution in a statement, saying, "The Holy See appreciates this generous gesture and expresses its gratitude to the bishops, the Catholic faithful, the institutions and all other Chinese citizens for this humanitarian initiative, assuring them of the esteem and prayers of the Holy Father."
But after Taiwan donated nearly 300 thousand medical masks in what it called "a sign of closeness to Pope Francis and to the Italian people [and] a help to the Italian Church," the Vatican failed to thank Taiwan or acknowledge the country's assistance in any public way.
In his criticism, Burke recalled the Vatican's sellout of the underground Church in China, saying, "The agreement, which the Vatican made with the People's Republic of China in 2018, of which there is still no public record, has been, in practice, a repudiation of the tremendous suffering of countless Chinese confessors of the Faith and martyrs for the Faith at the hands of the atheistic, communist government, and has only resulted in a greater, ongoing persecution of faithful Chinese Catholics."
Burke went on to warn that snubbing Taiwan indicates communist China now occupies a "place of privilege" with the Vatican.