Written Agreement With The Vatican

He reminded his audience that after decades of negotiations, the agreement was not just “a place of arrival”; it is above all “a starting point” for the Church in China and Sino-Vatican relations. “The Holy See considers that the initial implementation of the agreement – which is of great ecclesial and pastoral value – is positive through good communication and cooperation between the parties in the agreed fields and intends to conduct an open and constructive dialogue for the benefit of the life of the Catholic Church and the Chinese people,” he said. The “main objective” of the agreement on the appointment of bishops in China “is to support and promote the proclamation of the Gospel in this country and to restore the full and visible unity of the Church.” From a Catholic point of view, the Church has the moral and theological right to establish diplomatic relations with States in order to reach agreements on the care of its resident members. This is the concept of Libertas ecclesiae (Freedom of the Church). More information: Treaties of the Holy See, multilateral treaties signed by the Holy See and concordats with the various states of Germany The Catholic Church has historically claimed not to be bound by one form of government rather than another, but was willing to cooperate with any type of government as long as the rights of God and the faithful were preserved. Pius XI wrote in 1933: The Holy See, for its part, issued an equally concise statement, written in Italian, English and Chinese. As made public by the Holy See, the two diplomats welcomed the contacts between the two sides, which had developed positively over time during the meeting in Germany. On this occasion, the will was reaffirmed to continue bilateral dialogue at the institutional level in order to promote the life of the Catholic Church and the well-being of the Chinese people. In addition, the hope was expressed that strengthening international cooperation would promote civil coexistence and peace in the world, and they exchanged thoughts on intercultural dialogue and human rights. .

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