Jesuit tells Vatican not to pursue ‘high ideals’ in ongoing talks with China
National Catholic Reporter · 05/10/2017
A prominent Chinese Jesuit priest has advised the Vatican not to pursue “ideals that are too high and unrealistic” in the ongoing discussions toward a possible diplomatic rapprochement between the Catholic church and his Communist country.
Fr. Joseph Shih, a 90-year-old priest in Shanghai who grew up there but taught in Rome for 35 years before returning home, warns in an Oct. 5 interview with Italian magazine Civiltà Cattolica that pursuit of such ideals would force Chinese Catholics “to choose between the Church and the Chinese government.”
Incontro p. Joseph Shih nella portineria della residenza dei gesuiti «San Pietro Canisio», a due passi dal Vaticano. La Civiltà Cattolica ha già pubblicato due suoi articoli, ma io non l’avevo mai incontrato. È un uomo di 90 anni, che...