Thursday, July 19, 2007
With all the attention surrounding the Motu Proprio, Benedict XVI's letter to the faithful in China went largely unnoticed. It is a remarkable document. The pope's tone is one of the gentle father, his awareness of the history of the Church-state relations in China is that of a statesman and scholar, and his challenge to the bishops, priests, and laity of that country is that of a prophet. It's worth a read, as is some of the commentary surrounding it. The Holy See's "Letter of Explanation" is also a fascinating history of the Vatican-Chinese relations. You might also google (my new favorite verb!) "benedict xvi, letter to China" and learn more.