Cardinal Zen Arrested – so much for Pope Francis’ “secret deal” with the Chinese Communist Party…

Cardinal Zen Arrested – so much for Pope Francis’ “secret deal” with the Chinese Communist Party…

From The Remnant website

Hong Kong authorities arrested Cardinal Joseph Zen today, and he is being held on suspicion of “colluding with foreign forces to endanger Chinaโ€™s national security.”
(See video above).

Cardinal Zen is one of the few voices in the Catholic hierarchy to publicly challenge Pope Francis’s secret deal with the Chinese Communist Party. As former Bishop of Hong Kong, Zen recently traveled to the Vatican to try to discuss this with Pope Francis, but his efforts proved futile when Francis refused to give him a hearing.

He was well aware of the risks he was taking, and now the 90-year-old Catholic hero has been thrown in jail for speaking out.

This news reminds us not to dismiss as temporary or “no big deal” the lockdown on humanity in which the CCP has been engaging in China in general but especially in Shanghai.

So the question is: As Christians come under ruthless persecution in China,  why is Pope Francis making secret deals with a Chinese Communist Party that is responsible for throwing even Catholic bishops in prison?

What is it going to take for the Catholic world to  finally admit that Team Francis is playing for the other side?

Watch and share this video [above].

Please pray for the courageous Cardinal Zen, who may soon become a modern-day martyr for the rights of God in a Godless Globalist regime, as well as the champion of religious freedom for Christians all over the world.

In Christo Rege,
Michael J. Matt

New from RTV…

On May 11, 2022, Hong Kong authorities arrested Cardinal Joseph Zen on suspicion of “colluding with foreign forces to endanger Chinaโ€™s national security.”

Michael Matt asks the question: As Catholics come under massive persecution in China, where is the Vatican and why is Pope Francis making secret deals with a Chinese Communist Party that has been throwing Catholics in prison for years?

Full Remnant Underground episode from which the [above] excerpt was taken:

Editor writes… Nothing.  Words fail.  Michael Matt has said it all, really.  Share your thoughts…

Comments (21)

  • Margaret USA Reply

    May God have mercy on His servant Joseph Cardinal Zen and strengthen this holy confessor of the Catholic Faith! May Our Lady shelter him under Her Holy Veil! St. Joseph, Fearless Defender of Christ, pray for Cardinal Zen who bears your name!

    May 12, 2022 at 3:39 am
    • Margaret Mary Reply

      Margaret USA,

      I forgot to say that in my comment below – we should pray very hard for this poor cardinal. He’s 90 years of age – languishing in prison, or being out on bail with a possible sentence hanging over him, cannot be good for his health.

      May 12, 2022 at 1:11 pm
  • Margaret USA Reply

    Also, Rorate Caeli reports that Cardinal Zen was released. Please God ๐Ÿ™ he is still strong in body and soul.

    May 12, 2022 at 3:55 am
    • editor Reply

      Margaret USA,

      Yes, reports this morning say he has been released on bail.

      May 12, 2022 at 8:25 am
  • Michael ๐Ÿ™ Reply

    Dear friends

    I suspect that behind the scenes the Vatican will not be to perturbed by the actions against the Cardinal. They are no admires of his any more than he is of them and their unwillingness to openly defend Catholics at at levels in China.

    One wonders if the secret deal would have included the CCP right to crack down on the clergy of the Catholic Church in China in order to promote etc their own Communist Creation of the Church ie the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.

    The Vatican through all of this can play a Pontius Pilate and maintain that they are limited in their efforts, as itโ€™s an internal matter relating to national security.

    In the interim the CCP can extend even more itโ€™s draconian measures against Catholics by fear, intimidation and a press agency that is able to demonise the Cardinal and the Catholic community as being subversive, non patriotic etc.

    The Vatican, if truly pressed on this matter, can maintain a โ€˜double speakโ€™ defence and posture by publicly assuring everyone that they are looking into this delicate matter through the usual diplomatic means etc.

    The first casualty in all of this is Truth and until we get, if at all, any more details then itโ€™s all educated speculation.

    I shall keep the Cardinal and our Catholic brothers and sisters in my prayers for their life and witness to the faith under such an evil political, social and cultural system.

    Every blessing

    Michael ๐Ÿ™

    May 12, 2022 at 8:45 am
    • editor Reply


      Sadly, your opening paragraph is – more likely than not – absolutely correct. The Catholic News Agency report speaks of the Vatican’s “concern” and mentions the “Holy See” with Pope Francis not mentioned. Disgraceful.

      May 12, 2022 at 9:10 am
  • Michael ๐Ÿ™ Reply

    Apologies for the typos l wrote this without my glasses

    May 12, 2022 at 8:52 am
    • editor Reply


      Don’t worry about typos – no need to apologise. When I spot typos, I go in and correct them, as I’ve done with yours, so don’t give that a second thought.

      May 12, 2022 at 9:14 am
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        ED we know that this is not an overnight thing and that Bergoglio had thrown the Faithful Chinese Catholics under the Bus long ago.
        We also know the C.C.P. chooses the so called Catholic Clergy as Per approximately $2Billion for lets say Bergoglios blessing to do so .

        As regards your Topic yesterday I know not when Schism kicks in regarding Bergoglio as it’s clear to anyone who has Eyes to Read that whatever Bergoglio is He is certainly not a Catholic.
        O He can have plenty of time for the awful Jimmy’s and Gramicks of this World but has no time for Catholic Cardinals. BTW I certainly do not include Bergoglios inner circle of Cardinals or The Lavender Mafia as Catholic.
        God Watch over this Good Man for Bergoglio certainly wont.
        It’s a bit like a Re Run of Cardinal Pell . Another good Catholic Cardinal that Bergoglio had no time for. As you say ED it’s Disgraceful and thats putting it mildly.

        May 12, 2022 at 6:01 pm
  • Michael ๐Ÿ™ Reply

    Thank you ๐Ÿ™

    May 12, 2022 at 9:16 am
  • Josephine Reply

    It’s a total disgrace that Pope Francis has not called out this shocking arrest for what it is – totalitarian oppression. It doesn’t change things one jot that he’s been released on bail – it’s not over for Cardinal Zen, in fact, this is probably just the beginning. He could end up like Cardinal Kung, imprisoned for what amounts to the rest of his life.

    China is an enemy – we should never forget it. The CCP has ambitions to rule the whole world, to spread their atheism around the globe, and they don’t care how they achieve that goal.

    May 12, 2022 at 12:18 pm
    • Lily Reply


      I agree. The pope should have spoken out, in the strongest way possible, about this arrest. It’s truly scandalous that he is making deals with the Chinese Communist dictatorship and throwing his own people under the bus. I can’t believe it, even after 9 years (I think) of his pontificate.

      May 12, 2022 at 7:33 pm
  • Margaret Mary Reply

    The UK government has spoken out against this treatment of Cardinal Zen and this article says alarm is growing across the west. China is selling it as about politics not religion.

    May 12, 2022 at 1:09 pm
  • editor Reply

    Andrew Bolt on Australian TV, speaks out about shameless Francis / Cardinal Zen’s arrest. Unfortunately, Andrew is a big fan of Pope JP II, and his lay guest is weaker than democracy in SNP Scotland and Biden’s USA combined. That aside, it’s worth watching Andrew’s righteous anger – given that he’s not a Catholic himself, would you believe. Pray for his conversion – we need him, big time.

    May 12, 2022 at 2:15 pm
    • Lily Reply


      Andrew Bolt is great – he was very outspoken in defence of Cardinal Pell. Now, he is calling out this unjust arrest and pointing the finger at Francis for saying nothing. I have the greatest admiration for Andrew.

      May 12, 2022 at 7:36 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    “What is it going to take for the Catholic world to finally admit that Team Francis is playing for the other side?”

    That question says it all, really. Perhaps some brave bureaucrat in the bowels of the Vatican is willing to risk his life to leak the details of the CCP-Vatican deal. Hopefully that would be the convincer, although these days, reality staring people in the face is no guarantee that reality will sink in. Too many people hypnotized by lies.

    May 12, 2022 at 3:24 pm
    • Michaela Reply

      RCA Victor,

      I agree with you totally. It doesn’t matter how much “reality” you put to come people, they are blinded on so many levels.

      The thread we had about “emotional bonding” to face masks, stayed with me. I’ve seen it so often, and no matter what I say to people still wearing masks, they show fear and don’t want to know. Only this morning, a woman who was agreeing with me about that, immediately lost interest when I told her about the Mark Steyn interviews with people damaged or bereaved due to the vaccines. She just didn’t want to know. I can’t believe it.

      So, trying to tell people that Pope Francis is “playing for the other side” is a non-starter. You’d be labelled a schismatic in a heartbeat, LOL!

      May 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm
      • Faith of Our Fathers

        Michaela I have had several conversations about Bergoglio but 2 especially with 2 Men who are good Catholics and am sure they would defend the Faith unto Death.

        One keeps on saying about Bergoglio being like Jesus in the Gospel Story of going to the Sinners . When I said yes He was correct on that but Jesus did not join them in their Sin. As you point out He didn’t want to know. The other was when I went into His home and there in His living room is a photo of Bergoglio. I said to Him do you really know about that Man . His answer to me was ” Francis is a Great Pope ” I said no more and left. It is as you say if not worse.

        May 12, 2022 at 6:21 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    In this article Bella Dodd talks of how communists subverted the Catholic Church. I do not make any claims that Pope Francis is a communist. Yet, there is a photograph of him I think sitting in a bus, his right hand hidden inside his coat on the left side of his body. It says in the article about the “Hidden Hand”, letting initiates know that the individual depicted as part of this secret brotherhood.

    I do not know what to think. But, I must say that I do wonder, especially as what is happening in the Vatican today.

    May 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm
    • Lily Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      I’ve heard that before about the “hidden hand” in that photo of Francis holding his hand inside his jacket or coat, but when you read the explanation beside it, it says it is a sign for other masons, so they can recognise that the person giving the sign is a mason, but Pope Francis was on a bus at the time, not at an event where he would be meeting other people, so there was no need to send a sign that he is a mason. I doubt if he is an actual member but he’s doing their work, and that is the main thing.

      May 12, 2022 at 7:30 pm
  • Jacinto Reply

    Editor: COMMENT DELETED. This is the one of a string of ignorant and disgusting comments submitted for publication here. As if.

    Please note that if you write any more filth on this blog again, your evil-doing will be reported to as many authorities as I can find. Take up knitting or โ€“ better still โ€“ praying, in an effort to both occupy your filthy mind and to change your outrageous behaviour. In short, get lost.

    May 14, 2022 at 2:46 pm

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