But there will be time.
Winter has passed, and spring has come. The seeds you have sown with tears will bear fruit very soon.
The final word should not be exclusively on the side of an atheist government.
I agree mainland China's situation is different. The Vatican may make concessions and let China give its opinion, but it won't let Beijing have total say.
Because they are having full power in many places, and especially at the national level, they are above the bishops. That cannot be tolerated by the Roman Catholic Church, and so they are going to lose their power. They are worried.
By appointing their own bishops hastily and illegally, they the Patriotic Catholic Association tried to impose their own selection on the Vatican. This shows disregard for the spirit of the negotiation and disrupts mutual trust.
Yet it is not my blood that has been shed -- it is the bleeding tears from the numerous, nameless, heroes in both the official and underground churches who have suffered for being faithful to the church.
Only the Holy Father can decide which men are suitable. But if the government is worried about an appointment, they can give their views.