February 6, 2017
The lack of transparency about organ sources in China is a mask of deception. The full scope of forced organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners of conscience remains unknown. The Vatican should not be misled by empty pledges of reform by an atheist government that persecutes its most devout citizens.
ROME — China’s long-standing practice of misinforming the international community, does not stop at the walls of the Vatican. After killing hundreds of thousands of people for their organs in the past two decades to fuel a profitable transplant industry, Chinese transplant doctors are about to present at this week’s conference on organ trafficking, organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS). It is expected that the delegation will present China’s transplant practice as “being under reform” in order to solicit the support of Pope Francis which they will then use as a certificate to whitewash their past and current practices. The Vatican should not rush to believe an atheistic government that has not confessed to any wrongdoing and has not disclosed the true scope of its forced organ harvesting practices over the past two decades.
To date, China has not disclosed any information about forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience, despite the enormous scope of compelling evidence compiled over the past decade by independent investigators. The same officials from China who have admitted to depending on organs from prisoners for years now come to pledge reforms but without disclosing their involvement in these crimes. The Vatican should not be deluded by China’s whitewash agenda but ask an essential question: How many Falun Gong practitioners, Uighurs, Tibetans and Christians have been organ harvested in the past decades? China’s lack of transparency is a mask of deception behind which it hides its sins.
The Roman Catholic Church bestows mercy on its parishioners. But before granting forgiveness, parishioners must confess and atone for their sins. Without complete disclosure of forced organ harvesting crimes, without confessing to what has been done to Christians, Falun Gong practitioners and other prisoners of conscience, how can China’s transplant community receive any recognition of their promised reforms or any forgiveness for past wrongdoings?
We want to alert Pope Francis to the Chinese government’s duplicitous manipulations and to urge His Holiness to ask for the details and the scope of what is a most egregious sin and a blasphemy never seen before in history: the ripping out of organs from vulnerable, innocent people who are murdered for their religious beliefs while the government sells their organs for transplants.
China’s allegations of reforms of transplant abuse remain unverified due to the lack of transparency. Without thorough investigation and proof that China has truly abandoned its cruel and illegal practice of forcibly harvesting organs from Falun Gong practitioners, Christians and other prisoners of conscience, His Holiness Pope Francis and the Vatican risk being most nefariously deceived.
“So when the crowd had assembled, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?”
Dr. Katerina Angelakopoulou