Podcast: Why the Vatican doesn’t push democracy in China
Why does the Vatican advocate for democracy in Myanmar but not Hong Kong?
This week on “Inside the Vatican,” host Colleen Dulle and Vatican correspondent Gerard O’Connell discuss Gerry’s wide-ranging interview with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. In the interview, Gerry and Archbishop Gallagher discussed the Vatican’s strategies in China and its hopes for the Biden administration.
Gerry took the opportunity to discuss the Vatican’s view on democracy more broadly, asking whether the Vatican, as Europe’s last absolute monarchy, supports democracy around the world and why it has been silent on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong when it has advocated strongly for democracy in Myanmar.
Gerry and Colleen also discuss revealing comments Archbishop Gallagher made about the Vatican’s often opaque relationship with China.
Links from the show:
- Pope Francis spoke out against oppression in Myanmar. Why is he silent on China and Hong Kong?
- Interview: Joe Biden says ‘America is back.’ What does that mean for U.S.-Vatican relations?
- Pope Francis instructs Vatican to provide vaccines for 1,200 of Rome’s poorest people during Holy Week
- Pope Francis names Juan Carlos Cruz, prominent abuse survivor and whistleblower, to Vatican panel
- Podcast: The Vatican-China deal, explained