Recorded Future, a cybersecurity firm based in the US, said agents with Communist Party of China (CCP) hacked Vatican computers as the Vatican and the communist regime were negotiating the appointment of Catholic Bishops in that country earlier this spring.
The attacks began in early May as the Vatican and Beijing prepare to sit down in September to discuss a sharing of control over the naming of bishops in the country.
In September 2018, the Vatican and China signed a secret “provisional” agreement regarding the appointment of bishops, the details of which were never revealed. The two parties are due to re-negotiate the controversial deal this September.
It appears that the Catholic Church’s current leader, Pope Francis, is ready to sell his soul to appease the CCP.
Pope Francis himself has studiously avoided criticizing Beijing, even for its most egregious violations of human rights. On the contrary, he has defended the communist government’s record on religious freedom, insisting that “churches are full.”
And not all Chinese Catholics are agreement with the Pope’s recent moves. Vatican writer John Allen Jr. wrote about a Jesuit publication, Civilita Cattolica, that released a Chinese version of its pro-CCP publication earlier this year.
Allen noted the response by one Catholic Priest blogger in China to an article in the publication defending the Catholic Church’s decision to give the Communist regime a role in selecting Catholic Bishops:
The edition, which went live April 20, had only been around about a week when a priest-blogger in China named Father Shanren Shenfu, who’s part of the official church, meaning it’s recognized by the government, complained the Vatican was counseling “tolerating evil as good.”
The prophet Isaiah also had a few words to say about this:
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter. (Isaiah 5:20 NIV)