October 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The Vatican’s recently signed deal with China on selecting bishops was “absolutely unconscionable,” and “a betrayal of so many confessors and martyrs who suffered for years and years and were put to death” by the Communist Party, Cardinal Raymond Burke said.
There are deep divisions with the curia, with some focused on the Vatican-China deal, Burke said while visiting Australia last week, according to The Australian. The divisions and the Vatican-China deal both come at the time while the Communist nation is ramping up religious persecution.
The Holy See signed a “provisional agreement” on September 22 with the People’s Republic of China on the appointment of bishops after months of speculation and apprehension among Catholics.
Through the agreement, Pope Francis has also decided to readmit into communion with the Catholic Church the Chinese government’s “official” bishops ordained without pontifical mandate.
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