» 11/08/2015, 00.00
HONG KONG – VATICAN
For Card Tong, viewing “gay marriage” as equality and opposition to discrimination undermines marriage and the family
The bishop of Hong Kong defends marriage and family against a libertarian attempt to equate gay marriages to marriage between a man and a woman. Sex workers use sex toys and perform erotic massages in Workshop on lovemaking techniques at a local university. In upcoming election, bishop calls on the faithful to take into account candidates’ views on such matters.
08/11/2015 HONG KONG – VATICAN
Gay lobby and Western consuls against the bishop of Hong Kong
Gay Pride slams Card Tong for defending the family, as a union of a man and a woman. The aim is to enshrine gay "rights" and eliminate "discrimination" in the law, including the recognition of gay marriage. Criticised for not following the pope and the Synod, the bishop calls on Catholics to be vigilant. A workshop on lovemaking techniques involves sex workers showing how to use sex toys and perform massages. For the upcoming District Council elections, the bishop calls on the faithful to take into account candidates’ views on gay marriage.
04/03/2017 12:19:00 HONG KONG - CHINA
A Religious Affairs Unit for Hong Kong? The diocese protests, and candidate Carrie Lam withdraws suggestion
The proposal was contained in the electoral program of Catholic candidate for Chief Executive, Carrie Lam. Fears of Catholics and Protestants for a possible control over religions. Card. Tong’s message for Carrie Lam. The diocese: China government is atheistic; in Hong Kong there are free channels of communication between religion and government. John Tsang, a Catholic, also a candidate for chief executive: does not support such an office.
15/11/2016 17:26:00 HONG KONG – CHINA – VATICAN
Hong Kong’s coadjutor bishop regrets Beijing’s intervention on the Basic Law
Following his appointment, Card John Tong’s successor talks about human rights and the dialogue between China and the Vatican at the press conference. He expresses his high esteem for Card Joseph Zen. Hong Kong’s High Court follows Beijing and expels two localist lawmakers from the legislature.
11/03/2009 HONG KONG - CHINA
Cardinal Zen to leave helm of Hong Kong diocese after Easter
The diocese will be handed over to coadjutor bishop, Mgr John Tong. He will follow Cardinal Zen’s path in running the Church and in the relationship towards China and the authorities in Beijing. The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association hopes instead for a shift. Cardinal Zen will continue to follow the situation of the Church in China.
24/12/2012 HONG KONG
Card. Tong’s Christmas message: universal suffrage and defense of the family
The cardinal seeks greater government support in social housing, health care, pensions, education. Emphasizes the family as a unit between a man and a woman, open to procreation, to counter the demographic crisis of the territory and attempts to legalize gay marriage. This year the Church in Hong Kong has welcomed 3,500 new members.
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