CHICOM party demands Catholics undergo reeducation July 9, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Holy suffering, martyrdom, persecution, scandals, secularism, Society.
Lovely. Surely another of the manifold benefits of socialism playing out before our eyes.
The article below gives a pretty good idea of how a modern socialist government treats its Catholic citizens. Pretty good lesson for all of us (my emphasis and comments):
The Communist government of Shanghai has mandated that Catholic priests and nuns of the diocese undergo “reeducation” classes on the central theme of the National Congress of the Communist Party.
The Catholic Church has been a terrible embarrassment to Shanghai ever since a newly ordained bishop abruptly quit the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association in 2012, snubbing the Communist party in allegiance to Rome. The new reeducation classes are part of an ongoing punishment of the Church in retaliation for the bishop’s act.
When a priest named Thaddeus Ma Daqin was ordained a bishop in 2012, the ruling Communist body decided to install him, one of its own officials, as auxiliary bishop in China’s largest Catholic diocese.
“The anticipation was he would be a yes man,” said Father Jim Mulroney, the editor of the Hong Kong-based Sunday Examiner.
Ma surpised everyone, however, by announcing before an immense crowd of Catholics and government officials at Saint Ignatius Cathedral, that it wouldn’t be “convenient” for him to remain in the Patriotic Association. People responded by bursting into spontaneous applause. Some wept openly. [Given what so many faithful Catholics there have suffered, I can see why. Shades of Saint Thomas Beckett! Think on how this man has behaved, compared to so many Western bishops. He knew he would face imprisonment or death for his act, and yet he did it anyway. I’m afraid my faith that a Dolan or Gomez would do the same is pretty near nil]
The new bishop was immediately placed in detention, stripped of his title, interrogated by officials for weeks, and made to attend communist indoctrination classes.
Priests and nuns in Shanghai diocese have been required to attend learning classes ever since. Some 30 priests and a dozen nuns enrolled in this summer’s program held June 9-11 at the Shanghai Institute of Socialism. There will be another class in September for the rest of the priests and nuns of the diocese……….
………This year’s program focuses on the topic of rule of law as articulated by the Fourth Plenary Session of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party. The June course offered classes on the “rule of law and the development of the China Catholic Church” and “the current situation of the China Church and its mission.”
“It’s just a big joke to have such a theme. We have to ask what law leads to the indefinite detention of our bishop on no charges,” an unnamed participant told UCANews. [God bless this faithful soul]
Since 1958 China’s Catholic Church has been split into underground and open communities, with the latter going by the title of the Patriotic Catholic Association and having direct ties to the Communist party. A Vatican document of 1988 barred Roman Catholics from participating in the sacraments of the Patriotic Church, noting that it had issued a proclamation saying the church “had broken all relationships with the pope” and would be “under the direct control of the government.”…..
……Earlier this year, Beijing baited the Vatican by announcing its intention to ordain Catholic bishops without the Pope’s approval. In January, the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) launched its work plan for 2015 that includes new ordinations without papal mandate. As recently as last November, Beijing had expressed a willingness to compromise on the ordination question, but seems to have withdrawn from that position.
A cynic might ask whether they were really baiting, or whether they had gotten back-channel communications that said now was a very propitious time to advance their little man-created “patriotic” church? I’ll let you ruminate on that.
The Church has lived through even more brutal persecutions than the nearly 70 year one the Chinese communists have been conducting. But the Chinese one is quite thorough and has really succeeded in driving much of the real Church underground – another interesting element to consider as we see a Remnant of faithful Catholics and a sudden resurgence of the revolutionary element within the Church Herself. The Chinese Catholics have managed to keep their faith and even grow a bit by communication and security. They and other faithful Christians have a pretty good underground network. Something to think about.
If you want to help the Chinese Catholics, please consider supporting the Cardinal Kung Foundation. This is really the only orthodox group providing aid to Chinese Catholics I would even consider. Most others cooperate at least to some degree with the so-called patriotic church, while others are simply problematic in their own right, such as the Aid to the Church in Need. Cardinal Kung Foundation is also quite anti-communist, as, I think, any faithful Church organization must be.
Not that our leadership is always clear on that point.