relationship of China with the greatest secular world power—the
United States of America—and the most universal global spiritual
power—the Catholic Church—is in a state of flux. President Trump
and Pope Francis are major protagonists in this dramatic period.
Although what is happening in China has an impact worldwide, it is
hard for the non-specialist to grasp what is underway and its
significance for the future.
are two Catholic communities in China: the "underground",
or unofficial, Church and the official, government-controlled
Patriotic Church. Cardinal Joseph Zen is one of the most
knowledgeable and credible witnesses to what is happening in China,
especially on the relationship between these two communities. He is a
courageous defender of the underground Church yet has intimate
knowledge of the official Church, in part because hea taught in
several of its seminaries.
has been recognized—and Pope Francis himself has confirmed—that
the historic 2007 letter of Pope Benedict XVI to Catholics in China
remains the magna carta of the Church in that country. On the tenth
anniversary of this letter, Cardinal Zen gave a series of eight
lectures on its origin, drafting process, and final content, and
these enlightening talks are presented in this book.
these lectures, Cardinal Zen explains in detail what he considers is
now threatening the fundamental principles of the letter—and
therefore 'his people'. As the title indicates, for the love of his
people, he will not remain silent.