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China imposes ‘re-education’ on all clergy, religious in Shanghai

Catholic World News - October 05, 2012

Chinese officials are requiring all clerics and religious in the Shanghai diocese to undergo “re-education” programs, in a continuing crackdown on Catholics following the public resignation of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin from the government-backed Patriotic Association.

Bishop Ma, who was ordained in July as a Shanghai auxiliary, announced during the ordination ceremony that he was leaving the Patriotic Association. He was immediately placed under house arrest. Soon thereafter, authorities closed down the Shanghai seminary.

Now the priests and nuns of Shanghai have been required to take a series of classes, administered by government officials, covering Communist doctrine and the government’s approach to religious affairs. One priest who attended the course told the UCAN news service that teachers did not openly criticize the Catholic Church, but the classes were clearly designed to enforce the authority of the regime.

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  • Posted by: Defender - Oct. 07, 2012 1:41 AM ET USA

    Perhaps the apologists for the Patriotic church (e.g., the Jesuits and Maryknollers) will finally take matters to heart and realize that the communist government controls this organization and that they are merely employees of the state (and not inclined to resist, nor become martyrs) for Catholic they are not.

  • Posted by: Lucius49 - Oct. 05, 2012 9:19 AM ET USA

    Well as the saying goes you can always trust the communists to be communists which includes the persecution of the Church.

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