Friday, December 21, 2007
THE ENIGMA IN THE VATICAN
When did the Church start making friends with communism? From Bishop Sheen I learned that communism was the enemy of everything Catholic. That was back in the 50s. Today our leader seems to be singing a different tune, and I don't get it.
Pope Benedict XVI said Friday the Vatican is willing to have "serene and constructive" talks with Chinese authorities to solve the problems of the Catholic community in the country.
Benedict recalled a letter he sent to all Catholics in China in June, in which he praised the underground faithful but urged them to reconcile with followers in the official church. ...
In the letter, the pope added, "I have indicated the willingness of the Holy See for a serene and constructive dialogue with the civil authorities with the goal of finding a solution to the various problems of the Catholic community."
What about those Chinese faithful who have endured prison and worse to remain faithful to the Pope? How must they feel now that this dialogue has come about? Betrayed?