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"Double Standard" Update

Vatican Invites Two Communist-Controlled Bishops to Synod

by Christopher A. Ferrara

On September 8, 2005, Catholic News Service reported that "Pope Benedict XVI has named four mainland Chinese bishops as members of the October Synod of Bishops.

Church sources in Rome said two of the bishops belong to the government-approved Catholic Church in China, while the other two have been members of the underground church that has rejected official government ties."

Notice how CNS contrast the "government-approved Catholic Church" in China with the "underground church that has rejected official government ties." Nonsense. The only Catholic Church in China is the "underground church." There is no such thing as a "government-approved Catholic Church." There is only a divinely-approved Catholic Church, the universal Church in communion with Rome.

The "government-approved Catholic Church" in China is the diabolical invention of Mao Tse Tung, who created the Catholic Patriotic Association (CPA) in 1949 in an effort to destroy the true Catholic Church by driving it underground to suffer martyrdom, while forcing a few turncoat bishops to consecrate schismatic "successors" for the CPA. As noted by the Cardinal Kung Foundation, members of the CPA must "sever ties with the Vatican, submit to bishops appointed without the Pope's permission, and reject the authority of the Pope." Today "every one of the approximately 50 bishops of the underground Roman Catholic Church is either in jail, under house arrest, under strict surveillance, or in hiding," says the Foundation. According to the Chinese Communist regime, it is a crime to belong to the true Catholic Church in China.

The Cardinal Kung Foundation website is named after the Catholic prelate Ingatius Cardinal Kung Pin-Mei (Gong), who was one of the true Catholic prelates who refused to join the CPA. In consequence, Cardinal Kung (then Bishop Kung) was imprisoned from 1953 to 1985. The Foundation website states that following his release in 1985 on "house arrest," Cardinal Kung was allowed to attend a gathering with CPA bishops and Cardinal Sin of the Phillipines, during which he "sang just a few bars, in Latin, of the beloved hymn, ‘Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo Ecclesiam mean. (You are Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church). A member-Bishop of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association informed his superiors of Kung's ruse. Bishop Kung was told to be silent, but he looked at Cardinal Sin and finished the song."

Thus we see the relationship between the "government-approved Catholic Church" and the underground Church, the true Church, in China: the CPA is the vassal of the Red Chinese State. Its bishops are true and proper schismatics, consecrated in defiance of Rome, who owe their first allegiance to a communist dictatorship.

Indeed, one of the two "government-approved" bishops Bendedict has invited to the Synod is Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai. I am reliably informed by an expert on the CPA that Bishop Jin was ordained a bishop without the approval of the Pope and took over the Diocese of Shanghai with the blessings of the Chinese Communist governmentas a Patriotic association's bishop whenCardinal Kung, the real Bishop of Shanghai, was in jail. And yet this man, and his fellow CPA bishop are invited to the Vatican as honored guests.

But there will be no invitation to the Synod for Bishop Fellay and the other three bishops of the Society of Saint Pius X. No, their "irregular" consecration by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the saintly prelate who practically converted half of North Africa, is deemed unforgivable, while the consecration of communist stooge bishops is overlooked, and indeed such bishops are treated as honored Vatican guests.

This is the diabolical disorientation of the Church remarked by Sister Lucy of Fatima. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.