ROME — The redoubtable Cardinal Joseph Zen has attacked the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, over recent remarks about the Holy See’s deal with China, accusing the Vatican chief of telling “a series of lies.”
In a scathing October 7 post titled “For the sake of the truth I will not be silent,” Cardinal Zen, the former bishop of Hong Kong, said that the speech delivered on October 3 in Milan by Cardinal Parolin was “sickening.”
“Since he is neither stupid nor ignorant, he told a series of lies with his eyes wide open,” Zen asserted.
Zen’s primary bone of contention is Parolin’s assertion of absolute continuity between the pontificate of Pope Francis with that of his predecessors Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI on the question of relations between the Holy See and China.
In 2018, Pope Francis signed an unprecedented accord with the Chinese Communist