A leading official within the Vatican traveled throughout Beijing. After taking in the city and the country of China, he returned to Europe. Now, he’s saying something that even the most ardent Catholics will not believe.
Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo is the chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. As a leading official within the Catholic church, his opinions carry plenty of weight. Like other officials within the Vatican, what he says or decides could affect Catholics throughout the world.
Months ago, he visited China. He spent time exploring Beijing, taking in their society, social structure, religious practices, and culture. Soon enough, he returned to Europe. People have been waiting to hear this leader’s reaction to the trip. Just this week, he has shared his thoughts on the communist nation.
You’d expect a man of faith to have a very specific view on China. Perhaps he’d discuss their human rights record. The religious freedom of Chinese citizens might be a forefront issue for this bishop. His words would shed light on the numerous problems afflicting the superpower. Instead, Bishop Sánchez shockingly praised China. He even claimed the Chinese are best implementing Catholic social teaching.
The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has heaped high and unexpected praise on China, insisting that the atheistic communist regime has created the best model for living out Catholic social teaching today…
The Chinese “look for the common good and subordinate other things to the general welfare,” Bishop Sánchez insisted in a Spanish-language interview with the Vatican Insider, saying that the Italian economist Stefano Zamagni agrees with him.
In describing his visit, Sánchez said he “found an extraordinary China” with an exceptional work ethic. What many people don’t know, he said, “is that the central Chinese value is work, work, work. There’s no other way, basically it’s what Saint Paul said: whoever does not work should not eat.” [Source: Breitbart]
Talk about getting your priorities out of whack! Sánchez quotes Paul from 2 Thessalonians 3:10. Yeah, that’s scriptural. If you can work, you should, for the good of your family and community. And, in a small way, the Chinese government is fulfilling that edict. But, what about, I don’t know, everything else China does that violates Paul’s writings? Like the way that they persecute Christians or deny their people basic human rights?
With forced abortions, slave labor, the rampant persecution of Christians, severely limited freedoms, and a church demolition campaign under China’s one-party system, it is hard to imagine how anyone—let alone a high ranking Catholic prelate—could put forward China as an example of Catholic social teaching done right, and social media has predictably lit up with commenters excoriating the apparently delusional bishop for descending into “self-parody.” [Source: Breitbart]
For a very long time, China has been one of the worst countries for human rights. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, China has taken its place for jailing, oppressing, and opposing Christians. Free speech is suppressed. Christians are not allowed to practice their faith openly. That includes Catholics, bishop. Yet, Sánchez is able to ignore all that, focusing on the Chinese work ethic?
Something tells me that most Catholics won’t agree. What good is it if Chinse citizens can labor away in a factory if they can’t gather together for worship or prayer? You’d think that would be a top priority for a Catholic bishop.
And, to call China the best example of Catholic social teaching? The country is ruled by an atheistic communist government. The very foundation of all Christian teaching is about God and Jesus Christ. Considering China gets that fundamental aspect of their society wrong, I can’t see how they are a model of anything Christian — Catholic or otherwise.
This out-of-touch bishop goes on.
The bishop took pains to show a number of presumed points of convergence between the Vatican and China, insisting that Beijing defends “the dignity of the person” better than other countries, that organ donation “has increased enormously,” and that China is assuming a position of “moral leadership” in the area of combating climate change, which other countries “have abandoned,” in evident reference to the United States…
In this moment, the Chinese “have a moral quality that you don’t find in many places.” [Source: Breitbart]
Yeah, China has a “moral quality” — if you just ignore how they persecute their own citizens. It’s mind-boggling how this bishop puts empty, political ideas ahead of spiritual purpose. The leader of one of the largest denominations on the planet doesn’t seem to care about the spiritual welfare of Chinese citizens. In fact, he’s more concerned with promoting communism among Catholics and Europeans, rather than faith in Jesus Christ.
The sad reality is that is the status quo within the Vatican today. Even the Pope is more concerned with social and political issues than the salvation of the lost. Shouldn’t spiritual matters trump things like the economy or politics? These charlatans are more concerned with pushing political ideas than the teachings of Christ.
Every good, honest Catholic must take a hard look at what their church is doing. They must voice their outrage over such betrayal of the faith. Otherwise, they won’t have much of a church left, in the end.