Pope tells Chinese Catholics to be ‘good citizens’ – while Communists wage persecution

Pope Francis greets Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired archbishop of Hong Kong, during his general audience at the Vatican Jan. 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-SILENCE Jan. 10, 2018.

Lifesite:  Last Sunday, Pope Francis once again called Chinese Catholics to be “good citizens.” On the feast of Our Lady of Sheshan, patroness of China, the Holy Father briefly talked about the Asian country following his weekly Regina Caeli prayer.

“We entrust to the guidance and protection of our Heavenly Mother the pastors and faithful of the Catholic Church in that great country,” Pope Francis said, “so that they may be strong in faith and firm in fraternal union, joyful witnesses and promoters of charity and fraternal hope, and good citizens.”

The pope did not mention the 2018 accord between the Vatican and China, the details of which are not public. Since the 1950s, the Vatican had supported the underground Church, which is still being persecuted by the Chinese government today. The Vatican-China deal seemingly legitimized the Communist-organized Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (CPCA), despite its allegiance to the pro-abortion, pro-contraception Chinese government over the Church. Read More …

Opinion: The “Holy Father” Pope Francis’ prayer to “our Holy Mother” (Mary) defines the underlying problem within the Catholic denomination. Apostasy.

The title Holy Father is reserved for Jesus Christ alone (Matthew 23:9):

“Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.”

The title Holy Mother came about because of the Catholic teaching that Mary is a co-redeemer with Jesus Christ and was conceived without sin (Immaculate Conception), despite Mary herself acknowledging her need for a Savior:

“And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior” Luke 1:47.

While the Catholic church claims its beginning with the Apostle Peter, many of its dogmas that must be believed under the threat of excommunication are relatively new, and came about from either papal infallibility or various Vatican councils.

1854 Immaculate Conception of Mary, proclaimed by Pope Pius IX.
1870 Infallibility of the Pope, proclaimed by Vatican Council.
1922 Virgin Mary proclaimed co-redeemer with Jesus by Pope Benedict XV.
1950 Assumption of Virgin Mary into heaven, proclaimed by Pope Pius XII.

It is a short jump from papal infallibility to authoritarian control over 1.2 billion faithful, and Pope Francis has shown a particular fondness for big government.

Headline, September 24, 2018

Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishop appointment

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke, speaking in Vilnius, Lithuania, told reporters the aim of the accord “is not political but pastoral, allowing the faithful to have bishops who are in communion with Rome but at the same time recognized by Chinese authorities.”

Headline February 7, 2019

Pope Tells Chinese Catholics: Show Respect and Loyalty to the Communist Regime

In this case, the pope has surrendered some authority to the atheistic Chinese communist government in the selection of Catholic bishops in China. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, has expressed concern about the deal as much of the precise details are “secret.”