Vatican Issues Condemnation of China's 'Hostile Acts' against Catholic Church
Are we sacrificing our fundamental obligation to defend human freedom and human rights because we depend on the economic assistance of a repressive regime?
We urge our readers around the globe to pray for the persecuted Church in China and raise a loud cry against the failure of Western governments, including the current administration in the United States, to stand up against the egregious violation of the Right to Religious Freedom in mainland China. It is time for Catholic Action.
We urge our readers around the globe to fervently pray for the persecuted Church in China.
VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - We have followed with alarm and concern the heavy handed efforts of the Regime in mainland China against the legitimate leadership of the Catholic Church in China. Though there appeared to be a warming in relations for a while, reports out of China now confirm that such hopes are fading. Recently, the Chinese Regime forcibly coerced Catholic Bishops faithful to the magisterium of the Catholic Church to attend an illegitimate gathering of the Regime-sponsored "Patriotic Association" (PA) and "Council of Bishops". They used violence against Catholic Bishops, priests and lay faithful.
The current regime in mainland China presents a public face of tolerance but acts with impunity against Catholics, other Christians and other religious believers. Reliable reports from inside this officially communist nation reveals the regular use of coercion and violence against Catholic Bishops, priests and faithful. For example,in order to coerce his attendance at the illegitimate meeting mentioned above, Bishop Feng Xinmao was seized by 100 police officers and government agents. His priests and members of the lay faithful reportedly fought for hours to prevent his arrest. Eventually, the Bishop was arrested by Police and then placed in isolation.
The Bishop was initially rescued by the faithful and returned to his home. However, the representatives of the Regime did not give up. According to reliable sources, when they attempted to again seize the Bishop once again, the faithful fought for hours to prevent violence against him but were unsuccessful. The Bishop was then dragged to Beijing and forced to attend the illegitimate gathering.
This is only one example of the aggressive show of oppressive force against the Catholic Church. It comes on the heels of the illegitimate ordination of Fr. Joseph Guo Jincai as a Bishop despite the clear objection by the Holy See. This took place on November 20, 2010. An official statement from the Vatican noted that the ordination occurred "without the apostolic mandate and, therefore, constitutes a painful wound upon ecclesial communion and a grave violation of Catholic discipline."
The statement continued, "This ordination not only does not contribute to the good of the Catholics of Chengde, but places them in a very delicate and difficult condition, also from the canonical point of view, and humiliates them, because the Chinese civil authorities wish to impose on them a pastor who is not in full communion, either with the Holy Father or with the other bishops throughout the world."
On Friday, December 17, 2010 the Holy See issued a strongly worded statement concerning the oppression of the Catholic Church by the regime in mainland China. They affirmed their continued willingness to engage in dialogue but condemned the 'grave violation' of the religious freedom of Catholics. They specifically decried the action of forcing priests and Bishops to attend the illegitimate gathering of what the statement rightly referred to as the "so called Bishops Conference and Catholic Patriotic Association". The meeting was a sham and a propaganda ploy. The effort is as old as communism itself. Seek to destroy the connection between the Catholic faithful and the successor of the Apostle Peter, the Pope. It has never worked in the past and it will not work now.
The Holy See condemned these actions in no uncertain terms and we must do so as well! The statement called these State sponsored groups "incompatible" with the Catholic faith and we do so as well! They reminded the faithful of the Pope's invitation to pray for their brethren being oppressed in mainland China. As we approach the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord, it is time to ask ourselves a very serious question. Are we praying for our brethren oppressed throughout the world because they bear the name of the One whose birth we will soon celebrate?
We urge our readers around the globe to fervently pray for the persecuted Church in China. They are our brothers and sisters, joined in the bond of Baptismal and Eucharistic communion. We also urge that a loud cry be raised against the failure of Western governments, including the current administration in the United States, for their failure to stand up against the egregious violation of a fundamental human right, the Right to Religious Freedom, in mainland China.
We should also ask ourselves the following question; with our growing economic reliance on the Regime in China, are we sacrificing our fundamental obligation to defend human freedom and human rights because we depend on the economic assistance of a repressive regime? It is time for Catholic Action.
Here is the statement of the Vatican:
"1. With profound sorrow, the Holy See laments the fact that from 7 to 9 December 2010 there was held in Beijing ...
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Asia Pacific News
- Savage and Deadly, Cyclone Mahasen batters Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, moves into India
- Indian families go to drastic measures to protect daughters from rape
- Organ Trafficking: Indian family says their young daughter was killed for organ harvesting
- NK's Kim Jong-Un appoints THIRD army chief in less than two years
- Astonishing miracle in the heinous Bangladesh building collapse: 'God is so merciful!'
- Children as young as five years old forced to work in India's coal mines
- China deals major financial blow to Kim Jong Un
- Five killed in sharp, violent volcanic eruption in the Philippines
- World's most bizzare border dispute baffles Asian nuclear superpowers
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?