UCANews: Though some people may suspect Bishop Shao’s situation as the obstacle that led to the recent impasse, a church commentator in China who asked not to be named said, “Bishop Shao is not the first and only Chinese bishop under detention in recent years but the Vatican remains silent.”
“The Vatican statement and remarks by Chinese officials show tension between both sides. Something must have happened before or during the secret talks that outsiders do not know of yet. The timing indicates that the latest round of negotiation was not as smooth as expected,” the commentator said. Full report is here.