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As the Vatican and China negotiated the restoration of diplomatic relations in February, the chancellor of the Pontifical Councils for Sciences and Social Sciences made an astounding statement.

"Right now, those who are implementing the Church's social doctrine the best are the Chinese," said Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo. "They search for the common good and subordinate everything to the general welfare."

Bishop Sorondo particularly praised China's implementation of "Laudato Si," Pope Francis' environmental encyclical, for "defending the dignity of the person" and "assuming a moral leadership that others have left," a reference to the United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on carbon-dioxide emissions.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

I'm Afraid of Martyrdom

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Saint Perpetua guides the executioner's knife. Saint Perpetua guides the executioner's knife.

I write this on the Feast of the English Carthusian Martyrs, St. John Houghton and companions.

I’m afraid of martyrdom. In fact, I’m afraid of experiencing anything bad - even things as silly as mean tweets - because of the things I believe. And I shy away from even the minor discomforts of fast and abstinence. I moan and complain at the normal aches and pains of being 52. I fear more cancer; I’m afraid of the increasing infirmity of age; I’m as worried as an old biddy about my health.

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