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WASHINGTON D.C. (LifeSiteNews) – A newly released report has highlighted ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s relationship with communist China as he worked closely with one of China’s largest private energy companies to promote Vatican relations with China.

Hunter Biden worked as a “managing director” of the Chinese company.

In an August 11 report, online newspaper The National Pulse (TNP) reported a link between disgraced ex-cardinal McCarrick and CEFC China Energy, a private energy company, which in 2014 was among the top 10 largest private companies in China.

Allegations that CEFC , founded by the now-missing tycoon Ye Jianming, had links to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) have been supported by mainstream media outlets.

TNP reported that McCarrick spoke at a number of CEFC events, “including the New York Forum on World Civilizations in 2012 and Sino-US Colloquium on Core Values and World Order in 2013.”

Pope and Chinese Communist president very similar: McCarrick

Demonstrating the reputation McCarrick enjoyed with the CEFC, his speech at the 2013 meeting was reproduced in full in the CEFC’s “China Eye” journal. The speech, entitled “How to get to know other people?”, began with the words: “It is a special pleasure to be back with the China Energy Fund.”

McCarrick called for a “very special” relationship between Christianity and “the huge, extraordinary population of China,” before comparing the relationship between Communist China and its president to that between the Catholic Church and the Pope.

“The doctrines of Catholics and the Communist doctrine” both depend on “some basic principles,” stated McCarrick, adding that “they are not necessarily the same principles.”

The required loyalty to those principles was the reason for desiring a further unity between the Church and Communist China, the then-cardinal declared.

Comparing the Pope to the Chinese president, McCarrick said that both men have as “their job…to discern how these doctrines are applicable today.”

“We are doing that now with the new pope, and you were doing it with the new president, and I see interesting connections,” he added.

McCarrick’s comments, aligning Pope Francis with President Xi Jinping – who assumed office within one day of each other in March 2013 – continued to make the case for increased Vatican-China relations, as he outlined the similarities between Francis and Xi:

So they are both people who are willing to talk to the ordinary people, to those who are not in government, and they are also willing to look at society in a new way. The Holy Father continues to talk about reforming the different parts of the Church; President Xi talks very often, as far as I read, in reforming part of the government, reforming the way that power is exercised and the way that it is shared with the different agencies.

And each of them has a new vision, so that not only is our world faced with a large Christianity of more than a billion and a large China of more than a billion, but these great masses of human beings, brothers and sisters all, they share this new vision and, and I have to put it into words, this is where the difficulty comes.

The dialogue begins by people talking to each other, and I think that is where the Catholic Church has to be now, and that is where China has to continue to be now.

The now disgraced and laicized prelate hinted that the CEFC meetings were a stage in the process of  the Vatican uniting with China, saying that “the world needs people to work together, and I think this is what the China Energy Fund is all about, this is what our meetings are about.”

In addition, McCarrick expressed the hope that the CEFC would be the instrument through which President Xi and Pope Francis would one day meet.

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Reports suggest that the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Conference (USCCB) is preparing a vote on what to do about pro-abortion Joe Biden (and, presumably, other abortion-promoting politicians) who continues to present himself (themselves) for Holy Communion.

Public excommunication would be a suitable response for Biden's obstinate, public and grave sin of scandalously promoting abortion.

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Since Joe Biden was sworn-in on the 20th of January, he has wasted no time in signing Executive Orders to destroy the protections which former President Trump offered to the unborn and to the innocence and modesty of children of the United States.

In one executive order, Biden rescinded the Mexico City Policy prohibiting the federal government from spending taxpayer monies on abortion and the promotion of abortion.

And, in another executive order, Biden seeks to force girls' athletic programs, restrooms, and locker rooms to accept gender-confused males.

Since the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was shamefully silent throughout the presidential campaign on the pre-eminent issues of abortion and gender ideology, and what Biden vowed he would do as president, it is cold comfort that their pro-life office is now speaking up about this Administration's wilful disregard for human life and for God's design of human nature (i.e., two biological sexes).

Stated plainly, Joe Biden is as bad as he said he would be, and the bishop, acting in unison (as the USCCB) have an obligation to the Lord (first) and to the faithful (second) to refuse Holy Communion to this grave public sinner.

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who continues to use the church as a backdrop for statements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, is now doing everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

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Prior to the election on November 3, the U.S. bishops did not address Joe Biden’s anti-Catholic position regarding faith and morals as a unified body.

The USCCB, the organization to which every U.S. bishop belongs and which is staffed and led by bishops, remained disgracefully silent in the run-up to the election.

What were the bishops afraid of, losing their charitable tax status with the IRS, or being deprived of fat checks from the HHS (immigration programs) and USAID (foreign aid programs)?

Or, were they just too cowardly to clearly declare Christ's law to be above man's law and risk the ire of a Joe Biden as president?

Either way, the bishops’ lack of clarity in this regard is a terrible scandal in itself and probably greatly contributed to the possible election of a pro-abortion, anti-Catholic Catholic to the presidency.

Given the fact that exit polling shows Catholics split their vote 50-50 for Trump and Biden, even a slight deviation in the heavily-Catholic swing-states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania could have produced different results.

The bishops could have spoken out against Biden’s pro-abortion stance collectively, but, again, they were overwhelmingly and shamefully silent.

Because of this, they will be at least partly responsible for the policies advanced by a Biden administration, in the event that Biden is sworn into office.

However, the bishops can, even now, mitigate the damage done by their inaction by taking the following steps: 1) Speak with one voice, as the USCCB, and plainly condemn Biden's pro-abortion stance; 2) Publicly advise Biden not to present himself for Holy Communion because of his scandalous position on abortion and homosexual "marriage;" and, 3) Tell Biden to publicly repent of publicly promoting the wilfull murder of the preborn, sins against nature, and diminishing the natural family.

Thankfully, some individual bishops have spoken out forcefully on Biden's scandalous behavior, and his standing in the Church.

On November 9, Archbishop Strickland of Tyler, Texas tweeted: “A dark cloud has descended on this nation when the USCCB and Planned Parenthood speak in unison in support of a Biden-Harris administration that supports the slaughter of innocents by abortion for all 9 months of pregnancy.”

Additionally, Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, Colorado and Archbishop Charles Chaput have both declared publicly that Joe Biden “should not receive Holy Communion."

But, to add insult to injury, Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, D.C. has said that he will give Holy Communion to Biden because “it’s a matter of the responsibility that I have as the archbishop to be engaged and to be in dialogue with him, even in those areas where we obviously have some differences.”

And, Bishop W. Francis Malooly of Wilmington, Delaware and Bishop McElroy of San Diego also congratulated Biden in statements, but they have not indicated whether or not they would administer Holy Communion to him.

With all due respect to these bishops, they diminish the Holy Eucharist and their high office, as well as cause grave scandal to the faithful, by dialoguing with a man who is promoting mass murder of the unborn against the constant teaching of the Church.

A man who uses the church as a backdrop to make sickening political advertisements about how "Catholic/religious" he is, but, at the same time, says that he will do everything in his power to protect the murder of the innocent, needs to publicly repent before dialogue can begin.

The bishops should not dialogue with or congratulate someone who has publicly betrayed the Church's teaching and who is leading others astray.

It's an embarrassment and a scandal for the bishops to continue to allow him to receive Holy Communion.

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Cardinal Raymond Burke has stated that Democratic candidate Joe Biden should not receive Holy Communion because of his support for abortion.

In an interview for Thomas McKenna's Catholic Action for Faith and Family podcast, Cardinal Burke states the following (starting around 5:00):

First of all, I would tell him [Biden] not to approach to receive Holy Communion, out of charity toward him, because that would be a sacrilege and endanger the salvation of his own soul.

But, also, he should not approach to receive Holy Communion because he gives scandal to everyone, because if someone says, 'I'm a devout Catholic," and, at the same time is promoting abortion, it gives the impression to others that it's acceptable for a Catholic to be in favor of abortion.

Of course, it's absolutely not acceptable, and never has been, and never will be.

We give thanks for Cardinal Burke's frankness and clarity. And, we call on every U.S. Catholic bishop to follow Cardinal Burke's lead and call out Joe Biden for his bloody-minded hypocrisy on the issue of abortion.

To reiterate: You cannot be a Catholic and support abortion.

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The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, keeps claiming to be Catholic but has said he will do everything in his power to support abortion.

And, with his pick of California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate, Biden has just cemented abortion into the Democrats' 2020 presidential ticket.

Indeed, Harris is vehemently pro-abortion.

During her time as attorney general of California, Harris played a key role in defending Planned Parenthood over its sale of aborted baby parts (which violated multiple federal laws, according to undercover video of abortion industry personnel).

And, last year, Harris unveiled a plan to essentially force pro-life states to seek permission from the federal government before pro-life laws can take effect.

Additionally, Harris has dangerous views on religious liberty and freedom of speech.

Harris displayed anti-Catholic bigotry in the confirmation hearings of Judge Brian Buescher. Harris cited his membership in the “all-male society” the Knights of Columbus and its stances against abortion and same-sex “marriage” as grounds for rejecting Buescher for a federal district court in Nebraska.

And, David Daleiden, head of the pro-life investigative group Center for Medical Progress, wrote that from his firsthand experience, he considers Harris the “greatest threat to First Amendment civil rights our country has ever seen.”

Joe Biden has seriously erred by taking on Kamala Harris as his running mate, further distancing himself from the truths of the Catholic Faith, especially that every life is sacred from conception till natural death.

Please CLICK HERE to read an article which details one U.S. bishop's warning about the Biden-Harris ticket.

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Of course, these two things are incompatible: you cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion.

And, a "Catholic" politician's responsibility in this regard is absolute: On pain of serious sin, he or she can never promote abortion because abortion is the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings, and also because doing so causes grave scandal to the Church and the faithful.

Please SIGN this urgent petition asking the bishops of the United States to refuse to give Holy Communion to Joe Biden until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.

Biden recently promised to “codify Roe v. Wade” as president, adding, "my Justice Department will do everything in its power to stop the rash of state laws that so blatantly violate a woman’s protected, constitutional right to choose."

And, since starting his latest run for the presidency, Biden also flip-flopped against the Hyde Amendment, saying that he would allow federal funds to be spent on abortion - a position he claimed to be against for more than 40 years.

In short, Joe Biden will do everything in his power to enable and defend the wilful murder of innocent preborn human beings.

So, this should not be a hard decision for our U.S. bishops. In fact, in another circumstance, it was already done by an Illinois bishop.

Indeed, Bishop Paprocki, of Springfield, Illinois, invoked Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law to withdraw Holy Communion from two Illinois state politicians who had worked to enact radical new abortion legislation in 2019.

Canon 915 states: "Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion."

Of course, no-one, least of all the bishops, wants anyone to be deprived of Holy Communion.

A politician who publicly and obstinately advocates for the murder of innocent preborn babies puts himself out-of-communion with the Church and her teaching. 

Pro-abortion politicians should not think that they can advocate for the murder of the unborn and receive the Body of Christ at the same time. This would be to defile the Eucharist while giving scandal to the faithful.

Depriving politicians of Holy Communion is not just meant to prevent scandal; it is also designed to bring a grave public sinner to repentance. In this way, such an action is meant to be for the good of their souls, too.

Thank you for SIGNING this urgent petition which calls on the U.S. Catholic bishops to refuse to admit Joe Biden to Holy Communion until he publicly repents from his scandalous promotion of abortion.


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McCarrick implicated in Vatican ‘selling out the Catholic Church in China’

McCarrick, laicized in February of 2019 with no possibility for appeal because of his sexual misconduct, was recently charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in the 1970s and faces trial.

The former cardinal has been described by former Apostolic Nuncio to the USA Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, as “one of the main proponents of the secret agreement with China.”

This deal was the 2018 concordat between the Vatican and China, described by Cardinal Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, as “the Vatican …  selling out the Catholic Church in China.” The deal was renewed in the autumn of 2020.

In his explosive 2018 testimony, Viganò said that McCarrick had hinted that he was a bridge between the Vatican and China, recalling how the ex-cardinal had even confided to him in 2013 that he was going to China the next day.

That was not the then-cardinal’s first trip; he was a regular visitor to China. As the Catholic News Agency reported in 2018:

Over 20 years, Archbishop McCarrick traveled to China on at least eight occasions, sometimes staying in a state-controlled Beijing seminary, often serving as an unofficial bridge between the Vatican and Chinese government-appointed bishops until 2016.

Prior to allegations of sexual abuse and harassment becoming public this summer, the former cardinal had been an outspoken proponent of a deal between Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Church under Pope Francis, according to Chinese reports.

‘I see a lot of things happening that would really open many doors because President Xi and his government are concerned about things that Pope Francis is concerned about,’ McCarrick told The Global Times in an exclusive interview in Feb. 2016. The interview quoted McCarrick as saying that the similarities between Pope Francis and Xi Jinping could be ‘a special gift for the world’.

The influential cardinal enjoyed the trust and friendship of Pope Francis, and was once  described as Pope Francis’s “American kingmaker.”

In fact, McCarrick’s own letters reveal that his missions to China were conducted with the knowledge and approval of the Vatican.

“I leave for China on Thursday the 27th…,” he wrote to his former personal secretary, Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo in 2014.

“I am sure that [Secretary of State] Cardinal Parolin would see me since he is involved with my China trip.”

The latest revelations concerning McCarrick’s relationship with China lend credibility to allegations that he is in part responsible for the secretive Vatican-China deal. In an op-ed published recently on LifeSiteNews, Jason Scott Jones wrote: “McCarrick is a master coverup artist. After decades of serial sexual abuse, he had dozens, perhaps hundreds of fellow clerics keeping mum for him. How might such a man go about paving the way for a secret Vatican-China deal over the course of 20 years?”

McCarrick, the Bidens, and China

The National Pulse report also highlights the role which McCarrick may have played in fostering relations between China and the United States of America.

In January 2013 at an CEFC event held at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, McCarrick gave a speech on the “Mystery of Dialogue.” Referring to China and the USA, the then-cardinal declared that “dialogue and exchange between the two civilizations in the era of globalization will be pivotal to promote communications and understanding, leading to a new harmonious relationship based on mutual respect and appreciation.”

In both of the 2013 speeches referenced in this report, McCarrick singled out for praise the CEFC’s Deputy Chairman and Secretary-General, Dr. Patrick Ho. Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden, described Ho as “the …  spy chief of China” in audio files obtained by The National Pulse last year.

In the 2018 emails found on his now infamous laptop, Hunter Biden claimed that he was the “Managing Director” of CEFC. LifeSiteNews’ analysis of Biden’s laptop and emails suggests that he could have assisted Chinese espionage efforts through his business dealings and other activity linked to his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden.

Additional emails indicated that Hunter Biden could have had business connections even with President Xi. Hunter’s emails and audio recordings also testify to his close connection to “spy chief” Patrick Ho.

Such links between the Biden family and President Xi could have been strengthened by McCarrick himself, his personal correspondence suggests. The much anticipated McCarrick Report released last November contains letters that indicate the  ex-cardinal had close relationships with then Vice-President Joe Biden and President Obama.

These letters, written by McCarrick, attest to the “good” relationship he enjoyed with “the new Vice President of the United States.” McCarrick even offered Apostolic Nuncio Sambi the opportunity to dine with Biden at his residence.

As McCarrick faces court proceedings in a matter of days, the unseen influence he had on the Catholic Church, as well as on American politics, continues to be unearthed alongside his history of sexual misconduct.