Chinese Catholics are split between those in the “underground” Church who are loyal to the Pope and the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association, which appoints bishops without Rome’s approval.
An open letter published on the website is undersigned by named Catholics in Hong Kong, the US and UK.
“We are deeply worried that the (proposed) deal would create damages that cannot be remedied.”
It censures the appointment of seven bishops by the Chinese state, not the Pope, adding that the bishops’ “moral integrity is questionable”.
As of last week, a petition attached to the letter had been signed by 1,600 people.
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