“Chinese lawmakers have used the agreement as cover to dramatically intensify their persecution of underground Catholics faithful to Rome.

In the past few months, Chinese Communists have launched an all-out assault on the underground Church — arresting priests, burning Bibles, forcing churches to remove crosses and icons and bulldozing shrines and pilgrimage sites.

For the millions of underground Chinese Catholics suffering under Xi, McCarrick’s defrocking comes as little solace.”

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