December 10-16, 2001
volume 12, no. 160

Who's Sorry, Mao?

By Jonathan Tuttle

Part Two

    How the Holy Father could equate the Church with China and say that the two institutions were not in opposition to one another defies comment. But it does provide you with some ammunition against your "conservative" (a.k.a. "neo-Catholic") friends. Next time it comes up, tell them that the pontificate of John Paul II has the same objectives as communist China. When they hit the ceiling and accuse you of schism, tell them that you didn't accuse the Pope of anything; Pope John Paul II claimed it himself!

    The Holy Father continues:

    It is no secret that the Holy See, in the name of the whole Catholic Church and, I believe, for the benefit of the whole human family, hopes for the opening of some form of dialogue with the authorities of the People's Republic of China. Once the misunderstandings of the past have been overcome, such a dialogue would make it possible for us to work together for the good of the Chinese people and for peace in the world… In this context, the normalization of relations between the People's Republic of China and the Holy See would undoubtedly have positive repercussions for humanity's progress.
    The Holy Father here makes the claim that "dialogue" between the Vatican and the People's Republic of China will benefit the whole human family. Why limit the good that can be done? All that can happen can be for the good of all of humanity? Good thing the pope doesn't overstate his case! As for the "misunderstandings of the past", what are those? Again, no specifics.

    Why would the normalization of relations between the Vatican and communist China have positive repercussions? For that matter, why does China need to open a dialogue at all? According to Pope John Paul II, everything is going along fine. Why do they need to change? Never once in his papal address does the Holy Father point out any abuses by China at all. To call this a staggering omission is to put it mildly. The Holy Father has referenced two thousand years of history between the Catholic Church and China, and the only group whose motives or sins are ever called into question are the sins of the missionaries of the Catholic Church, many of whom were murdered for their beliefs! This is an outrage.

    As offensive as the Pope's statement is, the Vatican is apparently ready to go even further and put his comments into practice. According to a Zenit news report, Father Giancarlo Politi, a leader of the Vatican Congregation for the Evangelization of People's, explained the position of the Pope over Vatican Radio.

    According to Father Politi, the papal petition for forgiveness presented to the Chinese people does not necessarily refer to a particular sinful event. What is important is "the atmosphere that was created in time, an atmosphere of mistrust and suspicion," the priest said.

    How convenient of the Vatican! Why get bogged down in superfluous details, like over what they are actually apologizing for. Facts have a way of confusing the issue. The Pope seems to be saying, "Courage! Let's surmount it and begin again with mutual acceptance," Father Politi explained.

    Why not? We're men. Why let a little thing like the Great Leap Forward stand in the way of mutual acceptance? Sure, Mao Tse-Tung is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest mass murderer in history, with 60 million murders, and the leaders of China have never renounced his actions. But why let a little thing like genocide stand in the way of something much more important, like dialogue? Sure, China has a one-child policy. So what? If a Chinese mother becomes pregnant with a second child, the state "health-care" officials will come to her house and violently abort her child against her will. So what? Why let that stand in the way of "mutual acceptance."

    Sun Yuxi, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman responded to the Holy Father's statements. Yuxi stated: "The Chinese government has always wanted to improve its relations with the Vatican, basing itself on two fundamental principles: non-interference in internal affairs with the pretext of religion, and recognition of the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate government for the whole of China, including Taiwan."

    It would be damnable for the Vatican to succumb to these demands. The first demand would be denying Christ, and the second one would be to admit the authority of a satanic and atheistic tyranny over a legitimate form of government. No sane person could ever morally submit to these demands.

    Or could they?

    Again, according to Zenit, "Several Vatican personalities, including Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano and Archbishop Pittau, have stated on repeated occasions that the second condition is easy to resolve."

    "Easy to resolve?" That's a pretty cavalier attitude, isn't it? Giving in to this demand would mean admitting that communist China is the rightful ruler of Taiwan, a claim communist China has made for years. I find no other way to take this statement. The Vatican already recognizes the communist government as the rightful ruler of China; any further concession would be to admit its rightful governance of Taiwan.

    In other words, though the Vatican honors religious liberty as though it were a sacrament, in the case of Taiwan, the Vatican is willing to say that they no longer accept the authority of the leaders of Taiwan, who practice religious liberty! They are willing to enslave the peaceful government of Taiwan and subject it to the damnable, iron rule of communism. The leaders of the Vatican are willing to see millions of people murdered and forced abortion imposed. All for what? Oh, yes. Dialogue.

    Raise your sickle and toast the new springtime!

    As for the question of "non-interference in internal affairs with the pretext of religion," this problem is seen as "more difficult," but not impossible to overcome. Specifically, the problem is that the Chinese government appoints its own bishops to a state-sponsored "Catholic" Church and they don't want the Vatican telling them who they can appoint and who they can't, among other things.

    Archbishop Pittau said last week that "John Paul II has already thought of technical solutions" to solve this problem. Pittau also said that "there is no issue that can separate us."

    Apparently not. Moral or immoral! It is speculated that the Vatican may use the Vietnam-style way of appointing bishops. In Vietnam, the Vatican presents a list of candidates for bishop of a diocese to the communist government. The communist then choose the bishop that suits them best. In other words, the communist government chooses the most pro-communist bishop. Instead of lamenting this practice, which mocks the succession of bishops, the Vatican may be speaking a similar policy for China, which would in effect mean endorsement of the state-controlled Church by the Vatican herself!

    With a springtime like this, who needs winter? The slogan for the Vatican has gone from "To restore all things in Christ": to "There is no issue that can separate us."

    As I wrote in my first article concerning the papal apologies three years ago, the point is not to apologize for real sins, which is disturbing enough. The point is politics. Dialogue, ecumenism, women in the liturgy. This is the raison d'etre of the new Church leadership. The Holy Father has flagellated the Mystical Body of Christ in front of communist China while the leadership of the Vatican has publicly stated that Chinese communist atheistic rule should be expanded to Taiwan!

    The leadership of the Catholic Church is too important to be left in the hands of whose who consider druidism a well-thought-out religion.

    To the rest of the world I say this: An apology is in order. I apologize for the treatment of Father Feeney, Archbishop Lefebvre, and all those traditionalists who have been slandered by the Church. I apologize for the apologies of Pope John Paul II. I renounce the absurd apologies that I have heard for the past few years. I apologize for Pope John Paul II issuing an encyclical which deals with every conceivable issue except grace. As a Catholic, I apologize to the people of Taiwan who read that they are would-be sacrificial lambs on the altar of ecumenism because of the political scheming of the likes of Cardinal Sodano.

    But I am not sorry for the alleged sins of heroic missionaries like St. Francis Xavier, who suffered and died in China. If some Chinese communists were offended by them and scandalized by Christ, may God have mercy on the souls of the communists. For He surely had mercy on the souls of the missionaries. For anyone to question their motives is disgusting. I am sick and tired of everyone, especially those in the Vatican, apologizing for the good things the Catholic Church has brought to the world. I'm sick and tired of hearing it, and I will never stop pointing out the errors in the thinking of those who would criticize heroic saints.

    There are those who say that I am schismatic for saying what I just said. But it's not I who am schismatic. If you want to defend the current leadership of the Vatican, fine. All I ask is that you and all who believe as you do move to mainland China and practice your faith there and find out how long you can live doing that. I don't know what course the Pope is taking, or what course others may take, but as for me and my family, we continue to stand with St. Francis Xavier, and to stand before the people of China and the people of the world and say" Long live Christ the King."

        The author of this piece Jonathan Tuttle is a regular contributor to The Remnant, an excellent publication published and edited by Michael Matt, son of the crusader Walter L. Matt, who began the publication thirty-four years ago. He did so becaue he realized the course the Church was taking by adapting the reforms of Vatican II was not the true course and he could not stand by and watch his beloved Church become so decimated. His vision was right on for that is what is happening today and Michael carries on the tradition with The Remnant stands as the vanguard of the Traditional movement. We encourage all to subscribe to this outstanding voice for Traditional Catholics by calling 651-462-8323 or emailing

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