Some members of the underground Catholic clergy in China believe that the Vatican-China agreement has exacerbated the persecution of underground Catholics, and they see no hope for their churches to survive.
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Government’s “patrol inspection team,” supervising religious affairs, has been stationed in Fuzhou city. Underground Catholic priests are the main targets.
In Fujian, several priests are being forced to cease their underground Sunday classes. One of them has been controlled and monitored by the government since 2001.
Arrests of clergy and demands to join the Patriotic Church are not the only means by which the CCP is suppressing underground Catholics. An exclusive interview with a dissident priest. Wang Yong Lessons from History The Vatican-China deal of 2018 continues to be a matter of contention. The CCP interprets it to the effect […]
United Front Work Department dangles money, corrupt business deals as bait to lure underground Catholics into joining the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association.
A priest in Hebei who urged Chinese Communist Party to arrest his (underground) bishop was punished by his diocese with the approval of the Holy See.
A site of Marian apparition and papally-approved pilgrimage route was blockaded, yet underground believers persevere through cold and rain.
Reminiscent of early Christians, Chinese Catholics must move in secret and meet in out-of-the-way places, while priests face arrest if caught.
Despite an agreement between the Vatican and Beijing, Chinese authorities continue to squelch churches.