Actually, Pope Francis threw two faithful bishops under the bus. See here and here. So they were ordered to submit to godless, atheistic dictators for "the general situation of the Chinese Church". That last part in quotes is cleverly worded, from their disgusting perspective. Notice the words "general situation" and not "benefit"? The Chinese Church is not benefiting at all from this farce. The words of Chen Guangcheng, a Chinese civil rights activist rightly calls the deal a "slap in the face to millions of Catholics and other religious people in China".BREAKING: Vatican demands that a faithful, underground Chinese bishop cede his office to a formerly excommunicated, government approved cleric “as a sacrifice for the general situation of the Chinese Church.”https://t.co/qBxfBpY2Cz— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) December 14, 2018
I for one do not believe for a second that the pope is simply being naive about the nature of Communists. He and the Vatican hope to gain something, and that "something" has nothing to do with any real benefit to faithful Catholics in China.