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Vatican faces the harsh reality of business

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Well, business is business, even if it’s that of saving souls. Like many Western companies that salivate over the prospects of the China market yet resent such loss of autonomy as forced joint ventures with mainland control, the Vatican has long resisted Beijing’s appointment of bishops.

Now, a historic deal appears to have been reached, with Rome recognising seven bishops appointed by Beijing. Beijing will reciprocate recognition to some of the Vatican’s own bishops now operating in the so-called underground church. Presumably future ones will be mutually agreed upon to avoid troublesome priests. Joint bishop selection is, in effect, the Catholic version of a joint venture.

Of course, the real issue is whether or when the Vatican’s diplomatic recognition will........

© South China Morning Post