On July 30, 2021, the same day a bishop was consecrated under the agreement between China and the Holy See, a Chinese priest was tortured by Chinese police to force him to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association (ACPC), a division of the Chinese government's Bureau of Religious Affairs.
FSSPX.News has previously reported the news of the July 30 consecration, of which the consecrating bishop is a creature of the government, a prominent member of the ACPC, and president of the Bishops' Conference of China. There should be no illusions about this name, because this “conference” is also an emanation of the Chinese government.
The AsiaNews website reports that a priest from the Mindong diocese was arrested on Tuesday July 27 for refusing to join the ACPC, which claims to be the official Chinese church.
Fr. Joseph Liu was detained by the police. According to Chinese sources, he suffered “terrible violence,” and “After 10 hours of torture, six policemen took him by the hand and forced him to sign.”
The document, which the priest signed under moral and physical duress, was an official document attesting to his membership in the ACPC.
Cardinal Joseph Zen, the outspoken former bishop of Hong Kong, has repeatedly warned of the dangers posed by the Vatican's deal with Communist China.
The cardinal described the Pope's actions as “encouraging a schism. You are legitimizing the schismatic church in China.”
Cardinal Zen noted that signing to show submission to the “schismatic church” means “you are deceiving the whole world. You are deceiving the faithful. Signing the document is not signing a declaration. When you sign, you agree to be a member of this church under the leadership of the Communist Party. It’s terrible, terrible.”
In an interview with LifeSiteNews early last year, Cardinal Zen again warned that Communists “never compromise. They want total surrender. And so now we're at the bottom of the hole. They completed the operation by selling the Church.”
“With a totalitarian regime, there is no possibility of discussion or bargaining. No, no,” Zen warned. “They just want to bring you to your knees.”