On Nov. 26, the Holy See released a statement expressing “surprise and regret” at the recent installation of Bishop John Peng Weizhao as auxiliary bishop of Jiangxi, a diocese not currently recognized by the Vatican.
It seems this transfer had been made by force without consulting the Holy See.One month after the renewal of the 2018 Sino-Vatican agreement which supposedly frames how Chinese bishops should be selected by Rome and Beijing, this new development confirms that relations between the two powers are not smooth but alive.
While pessimistic commentaries multiply, several aspects must be highlighted to understand that Beijing is not breaking its agreement with Rome. Rather, it is testing it. And so is the Vatican.Beijing, Holy See test Sino-Vatican deal – UCA News
Beijing, Holy See test Sino-Vatican deal – UCA News