Vatican Chancellor Praises Communism
Recently back from his very first trip to China, Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo (chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences) is full of excited praise for the world's most populous country. “Those who best realize the social doctrine of the Church at this time are the Chinese.” So Sorondo gushed to the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, on Friday. “They seek the common good, subordinating all things to the general good.”
One has to wonder just what planet Archbishop Sanchez is on! Has he heard of prison, persecution, negative participation in national life, one child policy and its enforcement, Tibet, the underground church, falang dang (?), and a host of other aspects of China's polity at variance with basic humanity, let alone anything near to what the Church teaches. Under the Vatican's new Sinopolitik perhaps he should be sent there as Nuncio?
In any case what is completely clear is that this sort of political/economic analysis is an embarrassment to the Holy See.
But I'm not surprised really...