Catholics say the Pope is pressured by the Chinese regime by omitting the country’s religious persecution in his latest speech.
The comments of concern about China’s new law to Hong Kong decided not to talk about it. Although his speech already established a number of opinions about it.
The journalist Marco Tossatti decided to make public this detail that is so worrying for the Christian people. On his website he claims that the speech was totally different from the original.
It would discuss the national security law recently passed by the Chinese legislature, which was undermining the human rights and freedoms of the islanders.
“I followed the development of the complex situation in Hong Kong with special attention and not without concern, and I want to show above all my sincere closeness to all the inhabitants of that territory,” were the Pope’s original comments before they were changed, according to Tosatti.
“I hope, therefore, that all those involved will know how to face the various problems in a spirit of perceptive wisdom and authentic dialogue. This requires courage, humility, non-violence and respect for the dignity and rights of all,” he added.
But when the Pope spoke that morning, all prepared comments on that situation were omitted.
Apparently, according to Tossatti, Beijing put some pressure on Pope Francis to announce that he would not speak about the current situation in the two Asian countries.
Even Catholic analysts from the Vatican have pointed out in their writings that they are omitting to make it clear that there are confidentiality agreements between the Pope and China and that if these are broken, they could put them at a disadvantage.
“Critics of the Vatican-China agreement say this puts the Vatican in a passive position in a disadvantageous negotiation,” wrote Chris Altieri, bureau chief of The Catholic Herald.
“A more cautious view of the agreement would allow the Vatican’s objectives not to lead to a golden era of religious freedom on the continent, but to avoid total persecution at the Diocletian level,” he added.
In the face of Pope Francis’ actions, the Vatican has taken a negative position on possible complicity between the Chinese communist regime.