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Chinese Card. Zen: Benedict’s great work obstructed by those close to him

Aleteia - published on 02/25/13 - updated on 06/08/17

Card. Zen is especially grateful for Benedict's attention to the persecuted Church in China

AsiaNews has published a piece by the Chinese Cardinal Zen on Benedict's pontificate, saying that Benedict was a great man whose impact was blunted by those close to him:

Benedict XVI is a great Pope, a man in love with the truth. For him, God is truth, and man can not live without truth. Unfortunately, today the truth is not "fashionable" and what really dominates it what Benedict XVI has termed "the dictatorship of relativism." But he has always held the helm on a straight course according to the truth. This has been his contribution to world culture and also to China. It must be added this Pope has done things for China that he has not done for any other country: to no other particular Church has he written a specific letter, no country has a special Commission dedicated to it of about 30 members, from the two most important dicasteries in the Holy See. We should be profoundly grateful to him for this.
But unfortunately I have to add that often he was a lonely voice in the wilderness. I have said and I repeat: his work was wasted by others close to him, who did not follow his line. I'm not here to judge consciences: it is likely that these his advisers thought that maybe he did not know enough about the situation, he was unable to pursue the right strategy. In any case, these people have not implemented what Benedict XVI has established as the guidelines for the Church in China.
Saying "others" I mean people in the Vatican, but also those outside who, without the help of the Holy See, would not have done so much damage.

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