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‘In China, unregistered churches are driving a religious revolution’

April 25, 2017

The Atlantic has published a profile of a Protestant congregation in Chengdu, China, that the government neither officially recognizes nor has shut down.

A policeman visits the church weekly, and worshippers at the church consent to giving their name and address to police as a condition of membership.

The number of Protestants in China has soared from 1 million in 1949 to over 60 million today, according to the article, and the majority worship in churches not recognized by the government.

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 27, 2017 6:25 AM ET USA

    There is nothing more disappointing than ecclesial communities that seem to be born more of "blood," "the will of the flesh," or "the will of man" (cf. John 1:13). Even though the documents of Vatican II rightly recognize that elements of true religion exist in many ecclesial communities and non-Christian religions, "[r]eligious freedom...leaves untouched traditional Catholic doctrine on the moral duty of men and societies toward the true religion and toward the one Church of Christ" (DH n. 1).