The outspoken former bishop of Hong Kong has launched a fresh attack on a proposed agreement between the Vatican and China’s communist government.

The agreement describes a future where Chinese Catholics worship in a state-recognized church, under surveillance cameras, “listening to a priest preaching the latest instruction from the reigning President-Emperor.”

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, a persistent critic of Beijing’s religious policies, said in an essay posted on his Facebook page Monday that it was rumored the controversial deal could be signed before the end of this month.

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