While many expected that the agreement between the Vatican and China would cause a conservative schism in Chinese Catholicism, in fact the first signs of a possible schism are appearing among the pro-government Patriotic Association.
Across China, government-approved and underground Catholic churches are being shut down arbitrarily and believers arrested.
Talking with journalists, the Pope claimed he was personally responsible for the agreement with China and that he will have the last word in the choice of bishops.
Chinese academics claim that the Vatican-China Agreement follows the “Vietnamese model.” However, they misinterpret it.
In Fujian, authorities have been shutting down churches and forcing Catholics to go underground.
Contrary to exaggerated expectations, the Vatican-China agreement has a limited scope—but is described as “the first step in a process”
The false scoop of The Wall Street Journal explained by Fr. Bernardo Cervellera, the leading Catholic expert on China.
The original Italian version of this article has been published in the Italian daily newspaper “Libero” on September 16, 2018.
Bitter Winter accessed a video that shows the destruction of an altar of a Catholic church in Fujian’s Fuzhou city.
Bitter Winter has accessed an exclusive video of a forced demolition of a Catholic church in Fujian.
Authorities detained and continue to monitor a bishop who traveled abroad for religious purposes.