Joseph Zen, retired Hong Kong cardinal, is against a rapprochement between the Vatican and China. The appointment of bishops has been a thorny issue until now. Governments cannot appoint good bishops, says Zen.
Pope Francis has decided to accept the legitimacy of seven Catholic bishops appointed by the Chinese government. He hopes in return that Beijing will recognize his authority as head of the Catholic Church in China.
The Vatican has been negotiating with Beijing for years and now seems prepared to make huge concessions. If the Catholic Church wants to grow, it cannot survive without China, says DW's Frank Sieren.
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