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Pope Francis’s Silence on China’s Persecution

Pope Francis celebrates a mass in November.



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William McGurn

is disturbed by “The Silence of Pope Francis” (Primary Road, Dec. 8) with regard to China’s arrest of

Jimmy Lai,

Hong Kong’s most properly-recognized Catholic layman and champion of democracy.

Pragmatism may well account for Pope Francis rendering unto China some authority in excess of the church that traditionally is rendered unto God, but his solution suits a pattern. It may perhaps be that you can get a pope out of Argentina, but you can not get Argentina out of a pope. Argentina has been infatuated with populist politics, democratic socialism and social justice for a century. A serial defaulter, Argentina periodically blames greedy capitalist creditors for the nation’s borrowing habit and informs them that they don’t are entitled to to be repaid in whole.

China’s communism was hardly ever perceived as a serious threat to Argentina, but greedy capitalists in the West were. Supposedly they have been sucking the lifeblood out of the country. In this check out, social justice is far more important than one particular Hong Kong media mogul thrown in jail for making an attempt to protect Western-design and style freedoms.

Chris Davis

Jacksonville, Fla.

With

St. Ignatius

in mind, we have to have to look at that there might be superior explanations at the rear of Pope Francis’ silence on Jimmy Lai’s arrest. The Pope could believe that that any community condemnation would only include gas to the fire in the chilly war between China and the West. All those under religious persecution in China have the could possibly of the U.S. and most of the West to petition for their rights. I’m not positive what fantastic it would do for the Vatican to condemn China, as well. It could, nevertheless, consequence in the expulsion of the Catholic Church from China and the deprivation of the Blessed Sacrament from millions of Chinese Catholics.

Eric Leis

South Bend, Ind.

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Appeared in the December 14, 2020, print version.