Pope Francis and the Chinese Model

'Thou hast given a warning to them that fear thee: that they may flee from before the bow: That thy beloved may be delivered.' ~ Psalm 60

In an article for The Week, columnist Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry last week issued a public lament over the Vatican's once thinly veiled but now revealed plan to officially recognise eight Bishops of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Church - those appointed and ordained by the Chinese Government to oversee the 'Chinese version' of the Catholic Church acceptable to the Chinese Communist State.

In the words of Gobry, whose analysis of the situation of the Church in China is both sober and alarming, all that is now needed is the 'final nod' (and dare I say a wink) from Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping for the 'deal' to go ahead.L et us just recall for a moment that this is the China of a one-two child policy, forced abortions, forced sterilisations, a repulsive and diabolical practise of organ harvesting and trafficking, repressive crackdowns on political dissidents and religious freedom, factory-based suicide encouraging slavery, zero working rights and horror upon horror.

Being no expert in the history of diplomatic relations between the massively repressive totalitarian regime in China and the Vatican, I feel somewhat unqualified to write a lengthy post detailing the ins and outs of the somewhat harrowing but compelling and inspiring story of Chinese Catholicism.

However, there are dire consequences of this move, not only for the credibility stock value of the commodity which is Pope Francis, which will take an objective nose dive no matter what the 'investors' say, and also for the Church in China. The reality is, however, that the implications do not, I expect, stop there. Furthermore, the signals coming from Rome, which do not require a thorough knowledge of the Chinese situation, no matter what the 'diplomatic' history - a history marked by persecution and faithful, courageous martyrdom, are not good.

Cardinal Zen makes bold statements on Francis and China
Pope Francis and the 'underground Church'

Let's be clear about the Church and Pope Francis. By capitulating to the tyrannical demands of the Communist Government in China, just one of the growing list of thoroughly nasty regimes with which Pope Francis is willing to open up new avenues of 'dialogue', Francis will be not only sending a signal to China's Catholics unwilling to burn incense before the emperor in remaining loyal to the true Catholic Church, nor merely selling out the Catholic Bishops remaining faithful to the Holy See while risking their own skins, but also sending a wider signal to the Church and the World. This signal should not go unnoticed or remain passed over without comment because it is ground-shaking in enormity.

The horrifying wider signal is this:

Where the Church is oppressed, under siege or in danger, persecuted and faithful, support from Rome will be withdrawn and its oppressors will receive the solidarity that rightfully belongs to the oppressed.

Events since 2013 have shown this to be so. And before we begin to think that this is - under the reign of Francis - a new experience - isn't this just precisely what faithful Catholics are now getting used to?

Papal fidelity: Pope Francis with Fidel Castro
For years, decades in fact, the Catholic Church has been a fortress - a noun that probably conjours up images of nightmarish quality for Pope Francis, against totalitarian regimes and their atheistic ideologies - and not just regimes - but international institutions that seek to overturn Christian morals and supplant them with their own sadistic and malevolent creed. St John Paul II's defence of Christianity against the wiles of many organisations involved in the culture of death spring immediately to mind - as well as his opposition to communism.

Today, however, whether it is Venezuelan dictators, Cuban dictators, Bolivian dictators, Chinese dictators, those in the UN who would wish to dictate from on high to nations on abortion, population, artificial contraception and same-sex marriage, the dictates and demands of the international man-made climate change movement, whoever it may be, it is they who receive 'a fair hearing' and opportunities for 'dialogue' and a 'culture of encounter' with the new regime in the Vatican. Their victims, past, present and future, receive no such solidarity.

We saw this, most vividly at the Synod on the Family and within the pages of the risible document that was its intended result - that those loyal to the Magisterium - to Jesus Christ Himself - have to look elsewhere than Rome - apart from one or two individuals in dicasteries and certainly not the papal office - for moral, doctrinal or even 'diplomatic' support.

Pope Francis blesses Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro
It seems very much that whether you are a faithful Catholic more concerned about the fundamental rights of the unborn in the US than the politically and socially nuanced subject of immigration and climate change, or whether you are a Cuban dissident Catholic on the receiving end of intense Government scrutiny, or a priest or bishop of the underground and faithful Catholic Church in China, or a victim of governmental oppression in a Latin America socialist failed State, or even a priest or layman bewildered by the heretical charge against marriage, the family and the Blessed Sacrament launched by those entrusted with power in Rome itself - whether you are any of these people - you will be left out in the cold by the current 'administration' in the Vatican. Whether you are a priest or Cardinal who favours ad orientem worship or a priest or Cardinal in China under siege for your faith, Rome does not want to know you and your cause is unworthy of support.

The 'underground Church' - the only Church of the future

Need it be mused upon, indeed, that the fate of the true, authentic 'underground Church' in China will become very quickly, under the reign of Pope Francis the fate of the 'underground Church' in Europe and perhaps the world over? Wherever there is injustice and oppression, it seems, whether it be found among the innocent who have offered their lives in holy poverty, chastity or obedience in the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, or whether you campaign for the unborn, or try to defend your nation from the overturning of the definition of marriage, or worshipping within countries oppressed by ideologically driven dictators, the only fraternity you will find is among those who, like you, are on the side of justice and truth, those on the side of Christ. He will be on your side, your refuge is Him.

Cardinal Burke with the FFI in happier days
Now, sadly, is not the time to put not your trust in princes because princes will only fail and disappoint you. But make no mistake...whether it is in China, or whether it be in England, or whether it be Bolivia, the true Church is that Church which does not abandon Jesus Christ and His teachings.

The visible head of that Church we believe to be Pope Francis, but he doesn't have to belong to that Church if he does not want to. If he - and those he has gathered around him, wants to sell out Christ, betray the Faithful, dishonour the Church, abandon the persecuted and cosy up to totalitarian regimes and the advocates of inhuman ideologies, to corrupt politicians and highly paid pawns of the political and economic world, pen lamentable exhortations on 'love' that cast authentic Christian love aside, as well as having fun with Lutherans while those down the road from him try to rebuild after the latest natural disaster to occur in Italy, that's his choice and the choice of those he has around him.

Cardinal Robert Sarah

Like all of us, the Pope has been given the ultimate gift of free will to be used for good or for evil. It will help him enormously if he comes to an understanding of the difference between the two and begins to teach it to the Faithful. What use the Pope makes of the power and authority entrusted to him he will have to render an account - as all of us shall - before the Throne of God's Judgement. As Rome begins to prepare for what more and more looks like it is shaping up to be an Extraordinary Year of Doom, let us pray that he, and we, will be ready to give that account and find God's mercy.

'If you don't like my principles, I have others.'
One priest has just discovered, in China on this very day, that the Vatican is none too keen on offending the totalitarian regime in China in a new era of 'dialogue'. Friendly dialogue with ideological, even pathological dictators and tyrants seems to be the order of the day in Rome. Is that simply because Francis is so heavily steeped in the doctrine of unconditional dialogue that he can turn nobody away, or is it because among these figures so often despised by their own people, he finds men of similar opinions or even character to himself? Time, of course, will tell, but let us not fail to recognise the signs of that time.

All this and forced abortion too...

Cardinal Zen has been so bold as to tell the Church in China that if Pope Francis recognises the eight Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association bishops, the Pope should not be followed. One really begins to wonder whether if a Cardinal loyal to Jesus says that, whether he is talking only to Catholics in China, or whether he is, in fact, speaking to the heart of, and indeed speaking on behalf of, every Catholic endeavouring to be faithful to Christ throughout the entire world.

Pray for the authentic, true Church in China and the Church endeavouring, to the great iirritation of those in high authority in the Vatican, to be faithful to Jesus Christ, to His teaching and to His promises, throughout the whole World.


There are Catholics who think that Pope Francis is the best thing since sliced bread, who refer to him in glowing terms and wish him to continue on the path he has chosen. Now, among that group are the folks who tell us to build the Kingdom of God on earth by, in effect, advancing the cause of socialism. They belong to the so-called progressive side of politics. They swoon over The Joy of the Gospel and Laudato Si. They cry out, ‘Give us more of that climate change stuff. Give us more of that preferential option for the poor stuff.’ Given all that, how is it that they do not seem to be concerned about the Pope’s preferential option for being pally with dictators and dictatorships? Is it that these dictatorships are all left-wing dictatorships and so are deemed quite acceptable?
You're On to Something said…
If you're a satanic devil worshiper who murders babies and harvests organs from live people, or a witch from Lund who supports sodomy, adultery, abortion, and no holy sacrifice of the mass, Francis is all over you. But if you're a poor, persecuted Roman Catholic who defends Jesus Christ--well, just ask Asia Bibi when Francis flew to Pakistan to visit her or demand her release: "Aasiya Noreen was born and raised in Ittan Wali, a small, rural village in the Sheikhupura District of Punjab, Pakistan, thirty miles outside of Lahore. Christians in the district, and elsewhere in Pakistan, usually have lower class occupations such as being cleaners and sweepers. Noreen, who is a Roman Catholic, worked as a farmhand in Sheikhupura to support her family."



Francis in fact is persecuting those who adhere to Roman Catholicism inside the Church:
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

Institute of the Incarnate Word

All contemplative orders

Latest purge of Roman Catholics: congregation for divine worship

Francis and his Volpi, Schonborn, Danneels & McCarrick perverts close down orders because of nuns being forced to write their vows in blood and self-flagellate:

While promoting pervert sodomite scum like "Sister" Gramick who calls her organization by a sadomasochistic name: "bondings" and letting her attend world youth day to promote perverted sex to youth under the guise of providing "safe spaces."


Sadomasochists get front seats at Francis' vatican:

For the women's culture conference--a naked woman tied up is the image pervert Francis Cardinal chooses:

And of course none of the Franciscan Friars (or for instance the notorious St. John's Abbey) that have been exposed as pedophile havens have been closed or the friars imprisoned.



Maybe you're on to something here.
Nicolas Bellord said…
We had all this under Paul VI - the ostpolitik: cosying up to Communist dictatorships and selling faithful Catholics down the river. It was a disaster and it took Pope St John Paul II, who knew a thing or two about Communism, to reverse the policy. Of course he was a major player in the collapse of Communism in Europe. Obviously the lesson has not been learnt.
Anonymous said…
The undertaker is doing the job he was called for, in 2017 there will be a special Jubilee for the Protestants, maybe Luther will at least become a Saint. The days of wrath are just on the way back to Rome. God bless+
Anonymous said…
That's Cardinal Sarr not Cardinal Sarah....
The Bones said…
Thanks for that. Better change that!
Nicolas Bellord said…
In the October edition of "Standpoint" there is an interesting article by Robert Harris entitled "The long campaign to clear a Cardinal's name". It is about Blessed Cardinal Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac who during the war saved thousands from the Nazis in incredibly difficult circumstances. Pope Francis has put his canonisation on hold because it might offend the Serbian Orthodox Church. I would guess that up in Heaven Cardinal Stepinac must be smiling wryly.

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