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Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States worked out a deal last week to give the Aussies more nuclear submarines. This will likely help curb communist China's naval aggression. But, as Church Militant's David Nussman discusses, maneuvering against the communists is drawing criticism from a Vatican official.
A top Vatican cardinal is slamming the nuclear sub deal. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, commented Wednesday, "The Holy See is against rearmament" — claiming "nuclear weapons" are "not the way to maintain peace and security in the world."
But Australia says it will not have nuclear weapons aboard the submarines. Rather, they will merely use nuclear power. The Land Down Under currently does not have any nuclear-powered submarines, while communist China has 12. Some believe the Royal Australian Navy will need the submarines in the near future to counter communist China's ascendant naval power — making the deal a "no-brainer."
Cardinal Parolin's comments are not his first time wading into controversial waters. He spoke in May 2019 to communist China's Global Times newspaper, stressing "dialogue" and lauding the communist government's accord with the Vatican over the appointment of bishops.
But critics say the China-Vatican accord was a sellout that only increased persecution of Catholics.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong: "But then I could see with my eyes Parolin is controlling the Holy Father."
Perhaps Parolin's new comments on nuclear submarines shouldn't be a surprise, given his past emphasis on "dialogue" with communists.
Parolin is not the only Vatican official who's said positive things about communist China. A different prelate, Bp. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, infamously said in 2018, "Those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese."