Editor’s Note: The Chinese New Year is celebrated from Feb. 10-15, this year. The Chinese mark the 12 year cycle with years dedicated to diverse things and animals. This year is the year of the Dragon. In China the dragon has been a religious cultic symbol from the dawn of time. They are not the only people who came to worship the serpent after the fall of Adam and Eve.
Indeed, a papal court which has time for Chinese Dragon dancers or acrobats, but not for Cardinal Zen or Roman Catholics who worship according to the ancient liturgical books, is about as clericalist and divorced from the periferies of the Church as you can get. It is also divorced from any sort of evangelical character — evangelical in the sense of, Gospel like.