CHINA – HOLY SEE AGREEMENT: Bishop Of Hong Kong Sees Significance Of Deal
Bishop Michael Yeung Ming-cheung (in photo), the bishop of Hong Kong, commented on the Provisional Agreement signed between the Holy See and China pointing out its significance because this is the first agreement to have been reached in 50 years between the Chinese government and the Vatican. “Whether it is a good or bad agreement cannot be judged overnight and it needs time to find out the result,” the bishop said.
PUBLISHED ONDec 2018
Bishop Yeung feels that the voices of disagreement from China are reasonable because the government unjustly makes life difficult for the Church. “Catholics in China are neither radicals nor revolutionaries; instead they are really poor people. It is really unfortunate that the communist government targets the Catholic Church more than any other religious groups in China.”
Bishop Yeung expressed his hopes that the agreement is the beginning and not the end. “Notwithstanding (that) I am not aware of the content of the agreement, I am sure there will be more issues to talk about,” he said. “What upsets me most is that more and more churches are torn down and many bishops and priests are disappearing”
He feared that people might consider it a cliché, yet the truth is “God alone is the Master of human history and we place our trust in Him! We can see only a little at a time, as it says in The Little Prince: ‘What is essential is invisible to the eye’. Therefore, I call on all the people to trust in God who has built His Church on the rock of Peter.” Hong Kong Sunday Examiner