Many of my parishioners come from Hong Kong. One of them asks me, frequently, “Father, pray for Hong Kong.” My friend Fr. Raymond de Souza posted a good analysis on the First Things website today: “Last week, Father Stephen Chow Sau-yan was named the new bishop of Hong Kong. He is so reluctant to take the job that he will not assume office until next December, even though the usual canonical rules require him to start in four months. The Church can set the date of his ordination. Beijing’s communist regime will set the date of his imprisonment.”
We must pray for Hong Kong, and for all of China. Our own government, and our own Church, is at best appeasing, and at worst cooperating with, Marxist totalitarianism. I pray not only for Hong Kong, but for my own President and my own Pope, that they may begin defending the beloved Chinese people rather than, apparently, throwing sheep to wolves.