You've just got to read this hilariously transparent account of the tensions between China and The Vatican by a newspaper that's essentially owned by The Communist Party in China.
I love how the Chinese government, perhaps the most brutal regime on Earth, calls the Vatican rude and urges them to return to the "correct path of dialogue." And then they take a page out of the Democrats playbook and accuse the Church of declaring war on religious freedom.
Hey, if you're going to lie, go big or go home.
The Global Times reports:
The State Administration for Religious Affairs on Wednesday urged the Vatican to rescind its threats to excommunicate two Chinese bishops, who are to be consecrated without papal approval, and return to the "correct path of dialogue."The Chinese government would've elaborated further but they just heard that a woman in a rural province was pregnant with her second child and another student was heard wondering aloud if freedom was a good thing. So, as I'm sure you can imagine, they were swamped.
The threats of excommunication are "extremely unreasonable and rude," a spokesperson said in a statement.
Yue Fusheng and Ma Daqin will be consecrated on Friday and Saturday in Heilongjiang Province and Shanghai, respectively.
The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association was forced to begin to consecrate elected bishops in the 1950s after the Vatican threatened to impose excommunication.
The association has so far consecrated more than 190 elected bishops, which has helped to guarantee and promote the healthy development of Chinese Catholic churches, according to the spokesperson.
Continuing the practice of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association consecrating elected bishops is necessary to spread the word of Catholicism in China, as there have been no bishops in several of the country's dioceses for some time, the spokesperson said.
The practice is also the strong aspiration of the majority of priests and believers and a manifestation of religious freedom, according to the spokesperson.
"Any repudiation or interference with this religious practice is a restriction of freedom and an intolerant act. It is detrimental to the healthy development of Catholic churches in both China and the world," the spokesperson said.
The Chinese government is willing to discuss any issue, including the consecration of bishops, with the Vatican, but the government will continue to support the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in independently selecting and consecrating its bishops before the two sides reach a consensus, the spokesperson said.
I'm asking you seriously now, based on the rhetoric coming out of Washington D.C. would you think that China or the Church was more of a threat to human rights? As has been said, the Church imposes nothing, she only proposes. China, kinda' the opposite.
Let's forget all that human rights stuff anyway. They sure did throw a lovely Olympics, didn't they?