Harsh Winter for Chinese Catholics

Source: FSSPX News

On December 30, 2019, Xinhua agency (China News), announced the implementation of a new arsenal of repressive measures against religions, supposed to complete the “Regulations on religious affairs” which came into force on February 1, 2018.

The text of the news “Administrative measures for religious groups,” published by China News includes six chapters and 41 articles dealing with the organization, functions, offices, supervision, work plans, and economic administration of religions. 

Every aspect of the life of these communities—catechisms, gatherings, masses, etc.—is now subject to the prior approval of the Communist Party. In addition to the full-scale control of each community, the new measures require that “religious personnel” support, promote, and implement total submission to the CCP.

Thus, Article 5 states that “Religious organizations must adhere to the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, observe the constitution, laws, regulations, ordinances and policies, adhere to the principle of independence and self-government, adhere to the directives on religions in China, implementing the values of socialism” (sic).

Article 17 is of the same ilk: “"religious organizations must spread the principles and policies of the Chinese Communist Party, as well as requiring religious personnel and religious citizens to support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, supporting the socialist system, adhering to and following the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics.”

A Chinese Catholic priest commented to AsiaNews about the new measures that are to take effect on February 1, 2020: “In practice, your religion no longer matters, if you are Buddhist, or Taoist, or Muslim or Christian: the only religion allowed is faith in the Chinese Communist Party.”  

Despite the agreement, deemed historic, signed on September 22, 2018 between the country of the Dragon and the Holy See, winter is becoming more and more harsh for Chinese Catholics, whose freedoms seem to be discounted like nobody’s business, to the almost total indifference and silence of ecclesiastical authorities