Tentative bishop appointment agreement with Vatican China extended for another two years October 23, 5:51
Regarding the method of appointing a Bishop of the Catholic Church in China, the Chinese government has decided to extend the tentative agreement with the Vatican, the center of the Roman Catholic Church, for another two years, with China and the Vatican, which are currently not diplomatic. It is expected that the relationship between the two will deepen further.
Over the Catholic Church in China, the Chinese government has rejected the appointment of a bishop by the Pope as an interference with domestic affairs, resulting in a conflict between a government-sanctioned church and a so-called house church that pledges loyalty to the Pope.
Against this backdrop, China and the Vatican have reached a tentative agreement on how to appoint an adult bishop.
The details of the agreement have not been disclosed, but it seems that both sides can be involved in the appointment of the bishop.
On the 22nd, when the agreement was due, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said at a press conference that both sides had decided to extend the agreement for another two years.
He added, "The two sides will continue to maintain close communication and discussions to improve relations."
The tentative agreement has been criticized for giving in to China, which is stepping up its intervention in religion, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said last month, "If the Vatican extends the agreement, it jeopardizes its position as a moral authority. I will do it. "
With this extension, it is expected that the relationship between China and the Vatican, which currently has no diplomatic relations, will deepen further.