From Vatican Insider:
Cardinal Zen says destruction of the Catholic Church continues in China
Despite the hopes raised by Pope Francis’ election, Sino-Vatican relations are still at a standstill. China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has not kept his promises and the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association and the Ministry of Religious Affairs are trying to turn bishops and faithful into “slaves”.
This is according to Cardinal Joseph Zen, the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong who, in an interview with missionary news agency AsiaNews, said that Beijing was carrying on its “work of destruction” against the local Catholic Church.
“With the power position they have acquired in dealing with religions, they are destroying not only the religions but also the good name of our nation,” the cardinal said. “The only purpose of their work seems to be “enslaving” our Church (unfortunately with much success) by forcing our bishops and priests to betray their conscience, their faith.”
“It seems undeniable that [Xi Jinping] has shown a certain determination in reforming his party by fighting courageously the corruption and setting up a regime of austerity and frugality for his communist comrades.” Cardinal Zen added that “clarity of position seems to be a characteristic feature of our Jesuit Pope … Somebody said that Pope Francis likes tango, but it takes two to tango. Can we suppose the same good will in his counterpart?”