The emeritus bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen writes open letter to Cardinal Re of the Vatican. He asks to see evidence of Benedict XVI's having signed the provisional agreement with China. Card. Zen questions the Secretariat of State Card. Pietro Parolin's, Secretary of State, understanding of the concept of "independent church" preached by China
In the open letter, published on March 1, 2020, the first Sunday of Lent, Card. Joseph Zen responds to the criticisms addressed to him by Card. Giovanni Battista Re. The dean of the College of Cardinals who had issued a letter criticizing the judgment of Cardinal Zen regarding the provisional agreement between the Vatican and China.
In a document on the "Pastoral Guidelines of the Holy See on the civil registration of the Clergy in China", it is admitted that priests and bishops can sign up for membership.
Full text of the letter by Cardinal Zen published on his blog in Italian, English and Chinese.