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Vatican, Chinese Catholics seem far apart, Filipino says

There is no immediate prospect for reconciliation between the Roman Catholic Church and the Chinese government, Jaime Cardinal Sin said during a visit here. Cardinal Sin, the Archbishop of Manila, met with the Peking press this week after an official of the Nationalistic Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association gave a tough appraisal of relations between China and the Vatican.

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''If we recognize the supremacy of the Vatican, the religious believers will follow the road of opposing the country and violating the law,'' said Tang Ludao , vice-president of the breakaway Chinese Catholic group.

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