Those Catholics, particularly priests and bishops, who refuse to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association for reasons of conscience, although joining the Patriotic Association is both allowed and regulated by the Vatican Guidelines of 2019. The Guidelines, although not specifically encouraging this choice, declare it a legitimate option and ask other Catholics to “respect” it.
Church of Almighty God Members Driven to Suicide
After years of abuse and harassment, living under close surveillance, some members of this banned religious group in China chose to take their own lives.
Church-Run Schools Eliminated to Advance Patriotic Education
The CCP cracks down on educational institutions with ties to places of worship to ensure that the young generation receives only “proper” communist training.
Bishop Jia Zhiguo Under House Arrest Again
The popular bishop was taken away by authorities on August 10. He has been harassed for months to close an orphanage for disabled children he runs for 30 years.
Official Catholic Church: State-Approved, Hounded Nonetheless
Joining the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association does not mean that persecutions end: state-sanctioned venues are also harassed, unduly controlled, and shut.