Dialogue with China: There is no magic wand
Although a number of recent signs may indicate that important steps are being made in the Holy See’s dialogue with China, any formal Agreement between the two does not seem imminent. Sergio Centofanti and Fr Bernd Hagenkord, SJ Contacts between representatives of the Holy See and the People's Republic of China have been underway for some time. Their aim is to attempt to resolve problems regarding the Church in that country, in a constructive and non-confrontational way. These problems include, first and foremost, the delicate issue of appointing Bishops. The Church’s approach is a pastoral one that intends initiating a form of cooperation that can be beneficial for all. By no means does it presume to be able to solve all existing problems with the wave of a magic wand. Because there isn’t one.
This is the first of a series of in-depth articles on the dialogue between the Holy See and China.
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