Unbowed, Cardinal Zen Blasts the Vatican

by Christopher A. Ferrara
February 6, 2018

In a February 5 blog post, published in English translation by Sandro Magister, Cardinal Zen throws false prudence (i.e., servile timidity) to the winds and tells the truth about the impending Vatican sellout of the Catholics of China to their communist overlords.

As he puts it: “A few persons who care about me have advised me to pray more and not to talk too much. Of course it is right to pray more, because the Lord is our hope and we have confidence in the intercession of Our Lady, the Mother of God. They have probably advised me in this way out of the fear that if I talk too much, I will be more easily attacked. But I am not afraid of this, because my words are correct and helpful. At my age I don’t care whether I gain or lose.”

If only the other Princes of the Church were as unconcerned about gain or loss at their advanced ages. Yet, to a man, they decline to speak candidly about the disastrous course of this — shall we say, unique — pontificate.

But Cardinal Zen cannot remain silent as he sees that “the Vatican is ready to surrender to the Chinese communist party” and that “the illegitimate and excommunicated bishops will be legitimized, and the legitimate ones will be forced to retire…”

He writes: “How many nights of suffering will the priests and laity endure, to think that they will have to bow down to and obey those bishops who are now illegitimate and excommunicated, but tomorrow will be legitimized by the Holy See, supported by the government.”

Confident that the betrayal of Chinese Catholics into the hands of the Beijing regime is now all but irreversible, the regime, the Cardinal notes, has now declared that “[a]s of February 1, new government rules on religious activity have gone into effect” under which “the clandestine priests of Shanghai have asked the faithful not to go to their Masses anymore, because those who persist in doing so will be arrested!”

Taking direct aim at the Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin, Cardinal Zen mocks his statement that “we know the sufferings endured yesterday and today by the Chinese brothers and sisters.”  To which Cardinal Zen replies:  “But does this man of little faith know what true suffering is? The brothers and sisters of the Chinese mainland are not afraid of being reduced to poverty, of being put in prison, of shedding their blood: their greatest suffering is to see themselves betrayed by ‘family.’”

Cardinal Zen cites one of the by now numberless examples of deceptive Vatican pronouncements in the post-conciliar epoch:   Cardinal Parolin’s misleadingly cropped quotation from Benedict XVI’s letter on the situation of the Church in China.  Parolin quotes only the phrase “The solution to existing problems cannot be pursued via an ongoing conflict with the legitimate civil authorities” while leaving out the immediately following caveat: “at the same time, though, compliance with those authorities is not acceptable when they interfere unduly in matters regarding the faith and discipline of the Church.” 

But interference in the faith and discipline of the Church is precisely what the communist gangsters in Beijing demand, and it is precisely what Pope Francis’ Vatican has consented to.  The faithful “underground” Catholics will be forced into the schismatic CPA under threat of arrest.  And the Beijing regime will choose the names of future candidates for the Chinese episcopacy through the phony “Council of Bishops” that is nothing but (to quote Magister) “an imitation episcopal conference under the strict control of the regime, from which are excluded all bishops who are recognized by Rome but not by the Chinese authorities.”

Cardinal Zen cites the ludicrous attempt to justify the betrayal by a Vatican source (quoted in the New York Times) who states that “we are like birds in a cage, but the cage can become larger, we are asking for all the room possible.”

To which the Cardinal replies: “But the real problem is not whether the cage is small or large, but who is in this cage. The clandestine believers are not in it. But now they want to force them as well to enter it, in such a way that they too may be ‘reconciled’.”  And inside this cage are not only “persons who find themselves trapped there, but also servile and overbearing persons who find themselves inside quite willingly.”

And then the Cardinal reveals another example of Francis telling him what he wanted to hear, followed by actions exactly to the contrary:

“Since I have decided to let truth and justice prevail (everything I say starts from the principle of preserving the pope’s reputation and setting the Church’s doctrine in clear light), I have no difficulty in saying that I reported these opinions of mine on ‘dialogue’ to Pope Francis when he received me in private audience three years ago. The pope listened to me attentively for forty minutes, without interrupting me. When I told him that, objectively speaking, the official Church of the Chinese mainland is schismatic (in that it has an autonomous administration independent of the Holy See and dependent on the government), the pope replied: ‘Of course!’”

But the same Pope who acknowledges that the “official” Church in China is schismatic is now poised to approve the Church’s official condonation of that very schism under the pretense of a “reconciliation” of Chinese Catholics with one another.  A “reconciliation” presided over and minutely controlled by communist dictators, including government surveillance cameras in “official” churches.

A hundred years after the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, the errors of Russia continue to bedevil the world — with Vatican approval in China.  Such is the unparalleled crisis the Virgin foretold, whose resolution will come only by the means She prescribed by divine authority: the Consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart.