“Right now, those who are best implementing the social doctrine of the Church are the Chinese,” a senior Vatican official has said.Bishop Sánchez Sorondo is apparently unaware that China's Communist regime, which is estimated to have killed more Christians over the years than the number of Jews killed by the Nazis, is still arresting and imprisoning Christians, destroying church buildings, and even in the case of the Roman Catholic Church in China, intervening in the appointment of clergy.
Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, praised the Communist state as “extraordinary”, saying: “You do not have shantytowns, you do not have drugs, young people do not take drugs”. Instead, there is a “positive national conscience”.
The bishop told the Spanish-language edition of Vatican Insider that in China “the economy does not dominate politics, as happens in the United States, something Americans themselves would say.”
Bishop Sánchez Sorondo said that China was implementing Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ better than many other countries and praised it for defending Paris Climate Accord. “In that, it is assuming a moral leadership that others have abandoned”, he added.
He accused US president Donald Trump of being “manipulated” by global oil firms, and said that, as opposed to those who follow “liberal thought”, the Chinese are working for the greater good of the planet.
The Vatican and China have been holding talks in recent years over the status of the ‘underground’ Church and the appointment of bishops. In November, the Vatican Museums also organised joint exhibitions with China in what was called “diplomacy of art”.
As part of the diplomacy efforts, Bishop Sánchez Sorondo visited the country. “What I found was an extraordinary China,” he said. “What people don’t realise is that the central value in China is work, work, work. There’s no other way, fundamentally it is like St Paul said: he who doesn’t work, doesn’t eat.”
Bishop Sánchez Sorondo concluded by saying that China is “developing well” and now has “many points of agreement” with the Vatican.
“You cannot think that the China of today is the China of [the time of] John Paul II, or Cold War Russia,” he said.
The reader, of course, can't help but notice the hypocrisy of a bishop who seems to do no labour himself, and is a high-ranking official in an institution that possesses considerable wealth but produces none, singing the praises of an ethic of "work, work, work"--for wages so low that most Westerners would regard such labour as virtual slavery. And what does the Paris climate accord have to do with the gospel of Jesus Christ?
See my recent posts:
Chinese military police demolish unregistered church's building (February 4, 2018)
Chinese government officials accused of taking over a Tibetan Buddhist monastery (February 4, 2018)
Pope Francis betrays legitimate Chinese Roman Catholic bishops in favour of those appointed by China's Communist government (February 4, 2018)
HT: Dracul Van Helsing