He is the first Pope to really address global warming, the environment and very vocal against the West.Originally from Italy, moved to Argentina at a young age and is known to harbor compassion for Latin American communists. He has held an open arms approach to Cuba, as reflected in his visit to the country in 2015.He has been criticized for neglecting the plight of the pro- democracy dissidents who are still being heavily persecuted by the one- party, socialist regime. During his visit, Francis met with the 89 year dictator, Fidel Castro, but not with any member of the dissident community.
Now we find Pope Francis cozy with the Chinese government. To have diplomatic relations with China, he has continually caved to China’s demands. While China persecutes Christians, he chalks it up to grudges by “American Catholics” as the persecution continues.Recently, two Chinese Catholic bishops were forced out by Francis at underground house churches because they did not have Chinese regime approval. In turn, the Vatican approved seven bishops imposed by the Chinese regime, who were cherry-picked to lead the regime- sanctioned churches. The Vatican had previously excommunicated these individuals.
In the past, the Vatican under previous popes consistently rejected the Chinese regime’s demand to appoint all bishops in mainland China, a demand made so that the regime can maintain control of Catholics in China.Due to this and other reasons, the Vatican and China have had no relations since 1951. While many popes before Francis have tried to open communications, none have crossed the line of accepting the Chinese regime depriving the Vatican of its power of investiture.
Many Chinese attend underground Churches rather then regime- sanctioned churches . The underground bishops who were legitimately ordained, have remained faithful to the Vatican and have resisted Chinese persecution. With Francis yielding to Chinese wishes, it is speculated that the Chinese will move to finalize a deal with the Vatican very soon. This is leaving many in the Vatican, and the Catholic church very angry. Many bishops have spoken out against this move by the pope, they feel he is cow tow wing to China.Many feel that this pope is way to liberal and way to partial to communist countries.
Robert M Massimi.