Today, there are about 100 Catholic bishops in mainland China; Many are very old, but all are now united with the Pope because of the agreement. About 30 of them belong to the underground Church and refuse to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, so they are not recognized by the Beijing authorities. The situation of these bishops has become more difficult since the agreement, the Chinese authorities used it, contrary to Rome`s expectations, to put pressure on the clandestine bishops and priests to submit to the religious policy of the state. Two years ago, the Holy See reached an agreement with the Chinese Communist Party in the hope of helping Chinese Catholics. But the CCP`s abuse of believers has only worsened. The Vatican jeopardizes its moral authority if it extends the agreement. t.co/fl0TEnYxKS On 22 October, the Holy See and China announced that they had agreed to extend the provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops for a further two years. At the end of this experimental agreement – the expression used by the Vatican – the agreement will be either final or another decision will have to be taken. But until then, the Vatican will want to see concrete results. The provision of the agreement is therefore the point of arrival of a long journey undertaken by the Holy See and the People`s Republic of China, but it is also and above all the starting point for broader and more far-sighted agreements. The provisional agreement, the text of which was dealt with in a confidential agreement because of its experimental nature, is the result of an open and constructive dialogue. This attitude of dialogue, nourished by respect and friendship, is strongly encouraged and encouraged by the Holy Father.
Aware of the wounds suffered by the Church community in the past, Pope Francis restored full communion with the Chinese bishops, ordained without the necessary papal mandate, and authorized the signing of the agreement on the appointment of bishops, which had already been approved by Pope Benedict XVI in the form of a draft. At the beginning of negotiations on the agreement, hackers, suspected by cybersecurity experts, of working for the Chinese state, appeared to have infiltrated the Vatican`s computer networks. Irrespective of this, the Vatican continued the talks and preferred, in its statement, to highlight the meetings between high-ranking Vatican diplomats and their Chinese counterparts. According to the article, this “will gradually ensure that the unity of faith and communion among bishops progress,” thus serving the Catholic community in China. He stressed that under the agreement, for the first time since 1958, when the first illegal ordinations took place in China, “all bishops in China are in communion with the “Bishop of Rome” and “there will be no more illegitimate ordinations.” Pope Francis has given the green light to extend the agreement, which remains in “experimental” mode, for another two years, AFP reported on Tuesday. ROME – The Vatican said Thursday it has extended an agreement with Beijing on the appointment of bishops in China, weeks after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to the Vatican to kill him on an unsuccessful mission.