Chinese “Patriotic” churches get ready for Commie-style Sinicization

Chinese “Patriotic” churches get ready for Commie-style Sinicization

Dioceses asked to submit their own five-year plans for religion compatible with a socialist society

Chinese churches get ready for Sinicization

[Commie “Patriotic” Church meeting USCCCP-style: In civies at a resort hotel] Bishop Peter Luo Xuegang of Yibin in Sichuan province presides over a meeting about the five-year Sinicization plan at Naxi Tianhua Hotel on June 29.

Ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong  – July 23, 2018
Churches in two Chinese provinces have held training seminars on the five-year plan to promote Sinicization of the Chinese Catholic Church.
The Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) issued the Five-Year Plan on Promoting the Chinese Catholic Church’s Adherence to Sinicization (2018-22) in June to all dioceses, asking them to formulate and report their own five-year plans to the CCPA and BCCCC before the end of August.
Ucanews.com has obtained the 15-page document, which has 6,500 words and nine major points. The word “Sinicization” is mentioned 72 times in the text.
Churches in all dioceses of Hebei province and in Yibin Diocese of Sichuan province have already held training seminars.
A source in Hebei province told ucanews.com that he attended a media training course in Chengde from June 25-29.
He believes that the CCPA and BCCCC issued the plan in response to the central government’s policy. “It is to complete the Chinese-style socialist road within five years,” he said. “Even if they do not get approval from the Holy See, they will still get trust from the government.”
He said Sinicization could also be applied to Sino-Vatican negotiations. “China and the Vatican can establish diplomatic relations regardless of the conditions, and the mainland can still tighten its grip on the church with its plan.”
Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Sinicization had become an unavoidable mission for all religions in China since President Xi Jinping proposed the plan in 2015.
Ying believes that the five major religions of Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Daoism and Buddhism feel it is necessary to take the issue seriously, unlike when former president Jiang Zemin proposed to make religion compatible with a socialist society.
He told ucanews.com that the central government proposed three important directions for Sinicization — political identity, social identity and cultural identity — so the Catholic five-year plan was an extended discussion of these three aspects.
“Because the central government’s main concern for the Sinicization of religion is not cultural, but political and social, how to make the interpretation of the progress of the times from Catholic theology and doctrine will be the main focus,” he said.
Ying said the plan aimed for Sinicization to be incorporated into the localization of the universal church and the context of Vatican II.
He also pointed out the plan stated that the history of Chinese Catholicism was also a way forward by learning lessons from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
“If you have a bad relationship with an imperial power and tradition, you will have the consequences of prohibition. Matteo Ricci took the adaptation route to establish the basis for religious Sinicization of the 21st century.”

Ying said the unique system of Chinese Catholicism, with democratic management of the church, CCPA and BCCCC, established its legitimacy under the name of Sinicization.

Sinicization is the Communist Party’s effort to strengthen its control of religions in terms of ideology and system. Politically, religion must be in line with the party’s socialist core values, conform to Chinese society and be compatible with traditional Chinese culture, he said.

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2 comments on “Chinese “Patriotic” churches get ready for Commie-style Sinicization

  1. [Sinicization in acton under the guise of rezoning and urban renewal]

    Official [i.e., “patriotic” church in Liangwang (Shandong) torn down because of new zoning (photos and video)

    At least 70 policemen and workers tore down the chapel that had been registered in 2006. Altars, benches and liturgical furnishings are destroyed. The church had no place in city’s new zoning plan.

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    Jinan (AsiaNews – 7/18/18) – At least 70 police officers and workers yesterday tore down the church in Liangwang, on the outskirts of Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, ostensibly because of urban zoning guidelines. The church, which belonged to the official community, had been registered since 2006.

    The authorities have adopted a new urban plan that includes the development of a new neighbourhood with a railway station. This requires the removal of the church, even though it did not interfere with the plan.

    The congregation and the local Religious Affairs Office had been talking with the authorities to find a place to relocate the church when, without warning, the church was destroyed and with it, altars, benches, chairs, and sacred furnishings. Three church caretakers were also roughed up.

    According to some accounts (and a video) made public by the members of the congregation, 40 people entered the chapel yesterday at 11.30 am, and drove out three women caretakers – Gao Rongli, Zhang Siling and Li Xiangmei – after seizing and destroying their cell phones. Another 30 people arrived later with bulldozers and pickaxes to tear down the building.

    According to locals, another church in Wangcun, Huashan, not far from the capital, is slated for demolition as part of the city’s urban renewal plan.

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  2. [Commie puppet church bishop allowed to spread the lies and propaganda of Sinicization at Catholic Church sponsored meeting and facility in Free China (Formosa)]

    Bishop’s speech ‘ignored Chinese religious repression’ Academic says speech to Taiwan conference failed to reflect Communist Party’s tightened religious policy

    Bishop’s speech ‘ignored Chinese religious repression

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    Bishop Gan Junqiu gives a speech at the ninth Fu Jen Academia Catholica International Conference at Taiwan Fu Jen Catholic University on May 4.

    ucanews.com reporters, Hong Kong – May 8, 2018

    A Chinese bishop’s speech at a conference in Taiwan has been criticized for not reflecting the truth about religious repression on the mainland.

    Bishop Gan Junqiu of Guangzhou spoke about contemporary Catholic theological education and cultural construction in China at the ninth Fu Jen Academia Catholica International Conference hosted by Taiwan Fu Jen Catholic University on May 4-5.
    In the discussion session, Sister Beatrice Leung Kit-fun, a Sino-Vatican relations specialist at Wenzao Ursuline University of Languages of Kaoshing, asked the bishop how the church responded to the Sinizication of religion driven by President Xi Jinping.

    The bishop replied that the policy did not solely target the Catholic Church but all five major religions. He added that the church has put emphasis on inculturation of the Christian faith since the Second Vatican Council, and the policy of religious Sinicization would not violate Catholic doctrines even though it is not exactly the same as the spirit of inculturation.

    The Precious Blood sister told ucanews.com that Bishop Gan’s visit to Taiwan was authorized and even arranged by the Chinese Communist Party.

    Regarding recent tensions between China and the United States, Beijing hoped that church members in Taiwan would stand on the side of China, Sister Leung said.
    She said the bishop’s speech had a positive tone but never mentioned crosses being forcibly removed from Chinese churches, minors being prohibited from attending churches or Catholic kindergartens being seized.

    His speech failed to reflect the Communist Party’s tightened religious policy, she said.
    Bishop Gan, who is approved by the Vatican and China, was the first Chinese senior cleric to visit Taiwan since “illegal” Bishop Liu Xinhong of Anhui privately visited Taiwanese church communities in 2015.

    Emeritus Cardinal John Tang Hon of Hong Kong and Emeritus Archbishop Joseph Ti-kang of Taipei also attended the conference.

    Bishop Gan told the conference that the quality of Catholic academic activities on the mainland had been gradually improving but most people are secular scholars.
    He said Chinese society had always misunderstood the church. In the early days, the academic community had been constrained by ideology to distort Christianity, while in recent years Christmas had been boycotted and scholars had opposed the construction of a church in Confucius’ hometown Qufu.

    He believed church members had avoided social and public issues, causing many to believe that “the church fails to care about society, and society cannot understand the church.”

    Bishop Gan said the church should be more concerned about social affairs so that Catholic culture could enter the public space of Chinese society through theological studies and social services.

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