The Slovak Concorda (2000, art. 20.2) ensures that ecclesiastical offers “are not subject to taxation or public responsibility.”  Two years ago, Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen caused controversy by warning that the silence of the provisional agreement on the rights of its unregistered churches would allow China to “remove the clandestine church with the help of the Vatican.” His prediction underestimated the crisis, if that is the case. The church`s underground and official branches, which have 12 million followers, are smothered in silence, while the Vatican happily cooperates with Beijing in garden and art exhibitions. The Catholic Church historically claimed not to be bound by one form of government over another, but was willing to cooperate with any type of government as long as the rights of God and the faithful were respected. Pius XI wrote in 1933: The situation of the Church in China has completely surrounded itself. In the months and years following the signing of the concordat, the Nazis regularly violated the agreement by concluding certain Catholic organizations, confiscating ecclesiastical property, interfering in Catholic newspapers, locking up or murdering clerics and other Church leaders. But the pope did not openly criticize the Nazis until 1937. By the time, it was too late. At that time, the Roman Catholic opposition was limited to isolated people who could be easily removed from their positions and who lacked support for their Church. Bergen: “Concorda pulled the rug under the possible catholic opposition in Germany. How could the priests criticize a chancellor recognized by their pope? 4 In announcing the agreement, Greg Burke, Director of the Holy See Press Office, stated that “the purpose of the agreement is not political, but not pastoral, which allows the faithful to have bishops in communion with Rome, but at the same time recognized by the Chinese authorities. Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the Vatican`s foreign minister, stressed “human rights” during his talks with China`s foreign minister, the newspaper reported. “The Holy See is deeply aware of this, it takes it very seriously,” he added, and does not draw the Attention of the Chinese government to the fact that it promotes a more fertile exercise of religious freedom. Mao had long promised to reverse the legacy of “colonialism.” Even before the C.C.P.
came to power, soldiers killed and tortured priests, the most infamous during the Trappist “Death March” of 1947. When the party came to power two years later, the Christian churches and other “enemies without a gun” soon found themselves in Mao`s crosshairs.