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Today I have to write about something that deeply disturbs me. Let's start with a report at The Daily Caller: "Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese," Sorondo told the Vatican Insider, applauding China's efforts to follow the green initiatives spelled out in Pope Francis' 2015 encyclical, Laudato Sí.
Sorondo also accused President Donald Trump of allowing himself to be manipulated by global oil firms and praised China for defending the Paris Climate Accord.
The "Sorondo" above is Bp. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. He's the highest authority at the Vatican in charge of Catholic social teaching. Pope Francis never corrected him. So as of now, that's the official Vatican position. Good luck getting people to take "Catholic social teaching" seriously after this.
Sorondo issued this statement after a whirlwind tour of China. He was carefully shepherded by Communist Party minders. Remember those glamorous pilgrimages intellectuals and clergymen once took to Stalin's Russia? They returned full of praise for its "progressive" accomplishments. I thought they ended with the Cold War. I was wrong.
Sorondo's words came not long after the Vatican forged an agreement with the Chinese Communist government. In the words of retired Cdl. Joseph Zen, that deal was "an incredible betrayal ... a church enslaved by the government is no real Catholic Church."
The Vatican abandoned the underground, loyal Catholics of that country. It handed control of the Chinese Church to Communist Party puppets. The cleric who negotiated the deal? Now disgraced child-molester and ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick — the former archbishop of Washington D.C.; he helped groom and choose many of America's leading bishops.
In the wake of the deal, persecution of Christians has increased, not diminished. China is censoring bibles. Bulldozing churches. Replacing Christian images with pictures of its President XI. Meanwhile, China enslaves, imprisons, rapes and tortures more than a million helpless Uighur Muslims. Pope Francis says not a word. But he’s eager to pounce on every effort of Western countries to humanely regulate immigration.
Read the rest at The Stream.