venerdì 23 settembre 2022

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Explaining the pope’s discretion on a cardinal under fire in China

(John Allen - Angelus News)
As the trial of 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen opens in Hong Kong on charges of sedition, by now his boss, Pope Francis, has already been tried and convicted in a very different court, that of conservative public opinion, for the alleged crime of cowardice. Critics are outraged that Pope Francis has not condemned China for the arrest of Cardinal Zen, nor has he expressed disapproval in other ways, such as backing out of a controversial deal with Beijing on the appointment of bishops. In a Sept. 19 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Bill McGurn, a former speechwriter for U.S. President George W. Bush accused Pope Francis of “abandoning” Cardinal Zen. German Cardinal Gerhard Müller, in an interview with an Italian newspaper, rued the pope’s silence during a recent summit of cardinals in Rome. (...)