What happened in China is huge, and something we're going to be talking about for a long time.
Here's another description from Robert Royal.
Cardinal Zen has been energetic in warning about the unreliability of agreements with the Communists. (Rumors of an imminent agreement between China and the Vatican have been floating around for a couple of years now, without anything definite being revealed.) Asia News, a publication of the Vatican, itself reacted to last week’s news with a warning about substituting “illegitimate” bishops for “legitimate” ones. The ChiComs (as we used to call them during the Cold War) are smart and shrewd. They know how to manipulate Western values, in this case, “unifying” the churches, i.e., the religious inclination to think we can fix all problems with dialogue, building bridges, diplomatic arrangements.
Meanwhile, China continues to cut crosses off church buildings, close some, dynamite still others. The New York Times reported just two weeks ago that China had destroyed the Golden Lampstand church – with 60,000 worshippers the largest evangelical community in the country. The reason: the large, conspicuous edifice had been “secretly” constructed, had failed to get official building permits, etc. These are the usual fig leaves of tyrannical regimes all over the world when they attack religion. I’ve heard top Chinese leaders blame local authorities for “excesses and errors,” but these seem to recur with a suspect regularity that no one seems to take steps to stop.
Late last night, a friend texted me his concerns about what is transpiring in China. As I was writing my response, it suddenly occurred to me that in the life of Christ's Mystical Body, what I was describing was Judas handing over Christ to the Romans.
That's what's going down. And not just in China.
He's handing over Church Teaching to enmity and error, and every one of us to the Romans whose historical role is to dispose of Christ.
The fun is just beginning!