Just after Pope Benedict XVI published his letter to the Church in China, Joseph Kung of the Cardinal Kung Foundation, released a preliminary assessment which we posted on this blog. Shortly before, in the July-August edition of The Atlantic Monthy, Adam Minter published an article entitled “Keeping Faith”, in which he delivered a rather one-sided assessment of the Church in Shanghai, one favorable to the Patriotic Association and the Patriotic bishop of Shanghai of many years, Jin Luxian.
Joseph rebutted Adam Minter in a letter to the editor published in the September issue of The Atlantic Monthly, to which Mr. Minter responded in the same edition. Unfortunately the letters to the editor are available on-line only to subscribers. Mr. Kung has posted his complete letter (the printed version was truncated by AM) on his website.
Mr. Minter’s response to Mr. Kung is, in part, an interpretation of Pope Benedict’s letter, that selectively refers to parts of the letter which support the legitimacy of Bishop Jin Luxian. This selective interpretation of the Pope’s letter has not been altogether uncommon.
Below is a string of comments from Father Zuhlsdorf’s blog in which I rebutted a similar one-sided view of the Pope’s letter.[Update: Joseph Kung expresses his more recent thoughts on the Holy Father’s Letter in the Cardinal Kung Foundation Summer Newsletter].
Fr. Z’s post and all the comments can be found here.