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.”

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La Chiesa e il governo cinese

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[1], ma io non l’avevo mai incontrato. È un uomo di 90 anni, che...