Daily Lessons from Life 08 February 2018 - Politics n Religion: Seriously...
"Unholy war of words breaks out over Vatican rapprochement with China
VATICAN CITY: An unholy war of words has broken out among Vatican and Catholic officials over the Holy See's rapprochement with Communist China, with cardinals, archbishops and priests caught in an undiplomatic crossfire.
In the past few days, one cardinal has accused another of spouting "nonsense" and a priest accused an archbishop of being so naive about China that he was like Alice in Wonderland.
The exchanges came as the Vatican and China moved closer to an accord on the appointment of bishops in what would be an historic breakthrough and a precursor to a resumption in diplomatic relations after 70 years.
Father Bernardo Cervellera, head of the AsiaNews agency, which specialises in China, accused Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the head of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, of being "naive".
In an interview this week, Sanchez Sorondo praised China, saying that Chinese today were those who are perhaps best implementing Church teachings on social issues, such as concern for the environment and human dignity.
"We can understand that in the heat of desire for relations between China and the Vatican one can be doting and exalt Chinese culture ... but adulating China is an ideological affirmation that makes a laughing stock of the Church," Cervellera wrote in an editorial headlined "Sanchez Sorondo in Wonderland".
Catholics in China are split between "underground" communities that recognise the pope and a state-controlled group where bishops are appointed by the government in collaboration with local Church communities. Critics have blasted the deal because it would involve accepting the legitimacy of bishops appointed by the government.
The war of words also reached the stratosphere of Church hierarchy, cardinal versus cardinal.
The Vatican rebuked Cardinal Joseph Zen, 86, the outspoken former bishop of Hong Kong, after he accused it of "selling out" China’s underground Catholics to the communists. Zen, known for his feistiness, did not take it lying down.
He accused the Vatican's chief diplomat, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, of speaking "nonsense," after Parolin said in an interview that the aim of dialogue was the greater good and that the Vatican understood the "pain" of Chinese Catholics.
Zen retorted in his blog on Monday: "Oh! This man who lacks faith, how would he understand what is real pain?!"
A Vatican source has said the deal could be signed in the next few months. The clerical gloves are expected to stay off at least until then."
BEST to leave religion out of politic! YET, Vatican, its very existence is a MIRACLE! How can a religion be a COUNTRY!! It simply defied commonsense!
Hence, this intricately paradoxical situation of a religion/country making deal with a nation whose leadership n political system dictate that political power overrule religious power ( which of coure when push comes to shove; the religious power will be stronger for the fearless faithful!!).
There is no way the Chinese government will give an inch to Vatican if it cannot appoint the leader of Catholic in China. Just as it did with the Dalai of Tibet!!
Whatever it is, blessed all peaceful religious people! No country need be split die to divergent views on religion as long as religion is kept out of the politics.
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My 2016 Resolutions
1 Life Long Pursuit always: - at personal level, to be a good father, husband, son, friend and human being; - at work level, to be a professional; practising the 7e Way of leaders;
2 To continue the holistic healthy lifestyle of 'eating right and exercising regularly' so as to keep the weight at 70-71kg and off HBP medication;
3 To continue to find ways to promote the 7e Way of Leaders, to generate revenue from at least 3 sources, and to get article published in established publications;
4 To continue to contribute as Volunteer Probation Officer (VPO) with the Probation Services Branch; as Senior Health Ambassador (SHA) for Health Promotion Board (HPB); and some other Volunteer opportunities.
5 To invest wiser and trade wisely to profit from an extremely challenging 2016;
6 To complete the 2016 SCMS on 04 December 2016 under 6.5hrs and raise at least S$5.9k for Singapore Cancer Society!;
7 To always has space for the Unexpected.
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