In a new interview, Cardinal Joseph Zen, a former bishop of Hong Kong and a vocal opponent of Pope Francis’s approach to China, has called his contacts with the Vatican during his time as a cardinal “disastrous” particularly on the issue of engagement with Beijing.
He also blasted former top Vatican officials, accusing two successive heads of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, also known as Propoganda Fidei, the Vatican’s missionary department with responsibility for China, of shoddy, ineffective policies that did “almost nothing” to help Catholics on the ground. Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, who has consistently voiced harsh criticism of the Vatican’s secret 2018 agreement with the Chinese government on the appointment of bishops, voiced his frustrations anew in an interview with New Bloom Magazine, an online publication following social and political events in Taiwan and the Asia Pacific region.
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