Our Boosters are matching gifts up to $45,000. We have $33,992 to go. Your gift today will count twice!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Papal commission to discuss Chinese pressure on Church

Catholic World News - April 11, 2011

The special commission set up by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 to study the situation facing the Church in China is meeting in Rome this week to assess the fallout from two aggressive moves by the Beijing regime.

Last November, Beijing arranged for the illicit ordination of a new bishop without the approval of the Holy See, and pressured other Catholic bishops to participate in the ceremony. December brought the election of new officers for the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association, again with Catholic bishops pressed to attend. These policies widened the division between the "official" and "underground" Catholic communities, and severely damaged prospects for diplomatic relations between the Vatican and China.

At this week's meeting, the papal commission is scheduled to discuss "the challenges the Church encounters in incarnating the Gospel under current social and economic conditions." While it is diplomatically phrased, the assigned topic indicates the growing desire in Rome for a clear policy regarding the Patriotic Association, the "official" Church, and the continued pressure from Beijing to exert control over the Catholic Church.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($120,221 to go):
$150,000.00 $29,778.98
80% 20%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 11, 2011 11:58 PM ET USA

    Perhaps these "experts" should read Pius XII's "Ad Sinarum Gentem" as a starting point. In fact if you read it, the stark similarities of today to 1954 are self-evident. Don't forget, China is communist-controlled, albeit with capitalistic tendencies (to a relatively select few). The Vatican needs to lead on this one and call it like it is, especially to the underground Church which has always remained loyal to Rome.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

And here's another very old story: the secular media don't understand Catholic affairs 16 hours ago
How not to be persuasive 17 hours ago
Francis the Man, Francis the Pope October 28
Clarifying what it might mean for a pope to wish to change Catholic doctrine October 28
Does the Kasper Proposal make Pope Francis a heretic? Invalid marriages and mortal sin October 28

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6