A deal between the Vatican and China, which would grant China the right to nominate future bishops, would likely end the diplomatic relationship between the Holy See and Taiwan that began in 1942.
Reports of the pending agreement come amid other reports of the suppression of religious expression throughout China.
A Human Rights Watch report estimates that over a million Muslim Uighurs are currently detained in re-education camps in the western province of Xinjiang. AP reported last week that reported that China’s government is seeking to drive citizens away from organized religion and toward the atheist Communist Party through scare tactics such as Bible-burning, shuttering churches, destroying crosses and forcing individuals to renounce their faith on paper.
The Vatican currently recognizes Taiwan as the official representative of faithful Catholics in China.
That could change under the new arrangement as, under Beijing’s One China policy, the Vatican would likely be required to switch official recognition to China.
Such would end what is Taiwan’s last official alliance with a European nation.
The deal would “also require the Vatican to recognize seven excommunicated Chinese bishops currently operating in China without recognition from Rome,” according to a Sept. 14 report by Forbes.
Also under the proposed deal, the report said, “the pope would have veto power over bishops nominated by Chinese authorities. In all other countries, the pope possesses sole authority to appoint bishops.”
Full article: Vatican’s deal with Beijing could end Taiwan’s ties with its last European ally (World Tribune)