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China’s Hardline Continues as Pope Francis is Installed
Catholic World Report ^ | 3/20/13 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.

Posted on 03/20/2013 6:35:10 AM PDT by marshmallow

Little has changed in China’s official attitude toward the Vatican since Chairman Mao famously described Christians and other religious groups as, “enemies without guns.” During the most intense years of the Maoist era, the Chairman praised the “life-and-death class struggle” between religion and the People, and continued: “The enemies without guns are more hidden, cunning, sinister and vicious than the enemies with guns.” While China’s rhetoric has softened somewhat since Mao, it still adheres to its position that the Catholic Church interferes in China’s affairs “under the cloak of religion.”

China’s spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hua Chunying, expressed China’s congratulations for his installation as the new Pope, but warned that the Vatican, “must stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, including in the name of religion.” She then asserted China’s demand that Pope Francis sever ties with Taiwan. Beijing’s Communist Party, which severed ties with the Vatican in 1951, was angry that a Taiwan representative attended Pope Francis’ installation, and refused to send a representative from Mainland China. The Holy See, however, did not issue specific invitations to the installation Mass, and as Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, stated, “No one is privileged, no one is refused, everyone is welcome if they say they are coming."

One of the most common refrains I hear from Chinese Catholics is, “It is our dream that the Pope will someday come to China.”

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TOPICS: Catholic; Religion & Politics; Skeptics/Seekers

1 posted on 03/20/2013 6:35:10 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

“It is our dream that the Pope will someday come to China.”

And one day it will happen.

2 posted on 03/20/2013 6:41:45 AM PDT by vladimir998
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To: marshmallow

The Communist apparatchiks are nothing, if not absolutely predictable.

3 posted on 03/20/2013 6:47:57 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: marshmallow
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4 posted on 03/26/2013 7:15:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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