Pope Calls for Chinese Catholics to Work Toward Reconciliation

Pope Calls for Chinese Catholics to Work Toward Reconciliation

The pope spoke about that agreement at his Wednesday general audience at the Vatican.

Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to trust him and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following a landmark deal over bishop appointments that is aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican and Beijing.

In a passage directed at China's leaders, Francis said the Communist country will work with the church to ensure "greater respect for the human person, also in the religious sphere".

As a result, the church in China split in two - with some swearing allegiance exclusively to the pope and worshiping in underground churches, and others practicing in churches that had direct state approval. Underground priests and parishioners are frequently detained and harassed.

Reaching the provisional agreement, the Pope said, involved a process that required time, good will and recognising that less than ideal conditions should never impede the call to "go out" and embrace "the people of our time, especially those who are poor or afflicted".

Beijing and the Vatican severed diplomatic relations in 1951 and although ties had improved as China's Catholic population grows, they had remained at odds over the designation of bishops.

The agreement aims to end the current system in which bishops are appointed by Beijing, sometimes without papal approval. That desire was also evident in the repentance of bishops who "damaged communion in the church as a result of weakness and errors, but also, and not infrequently, due to powerful and undue pressure from without", he added.

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Pope Francis spoke to reporters for the first time about a controversial deal with China, which some critics are calling a "sell-out" to the Chinese government.

The Catholic Church has been rocked by a fresh wave of devastating claims of sexual abuse committed by clergy across the globe.

The pope hailed the historic deal that was reached after years of negotiations, despite repeated setbacks. The pope names them.

The Vatican had not yet released details of the accord and had avoided mentioning the process through which future bishops would be nominated. That lay participation is unknown in the West, where such nominations are put to the Vatican for consideration by the local hierarchy and the local Vatican ambassador.

Speaking in Italian, the Pope acknowledged that some young people feel the Catholic Church has lost credibility.

But he took full responsibility for it, and said he had already received messages attesting to the "martyr-like faith" of Chinese Catholics and their willingness to accept whatever was decided. Their cause has always been championed by Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen, who has called Francis' deal a sell-out of the church to China's Communist rulers.

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