November 25, 2013

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the retired bishop of Hong Kong and an outspoken advocate of religious freedom in China, called on the Vatican to speak more clearly in defence of Catholics there, especially the so-called “underground” or clandestine communities who refuse to register with the government-controlled Catholic Patriotic Association.

“The Holy See has to choose between being clear or accepting compromise,” the cardinal told Catholic News Service Nov. 13. “Unfortunately, on the executive side, people see a lot of compromise.”