Pope’s Controversial China Overture Has Cold-War Precedent

Source: Wall Street Journal

ROME—Pope Francis’ overture to Communist China echoes the Vatican’s conciliatory approach to Soviet-bloc states during much of the Cold War, a policy some say diminished and others say preserved the Catholic Church there.

The pope’s plan to replace bishops loyal to Rome with excommunicated men chosen by Beijing, in hope of gaining China’s recognition of the pope as heading the country’s Catholic Church, has been widely described as a revival of Vatican Ostpolitik.

 

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