The clergy who refuse to be controlled by the state are harassed by authorities, subjected to indoctrination to make them join the Patriotic Church.
Even places of worship under CCP’s control are deemed ideological enemies and also face brutal suppressions: closed down, forced to merge, even destroyed.
The auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Mindong, Guo Xijin, strong-armed again to join the Patriotic Church; rebellious places of worship shut down.
Preachers of state-approved churches pressured to replace God with communist ideology. Those who disobey are accused of disloyalty to the regime and are fired.
Sentenced to serve time in China’s prisons, dissidents and people of faith are denied treatment, left to die. Even severely ill are forced to manual labor.
Nurtured through generations, sacred places for families to pay respect to their ancestors are taken over by the state for indoctrination, shut down or demolished.
Defrauded by the CCP, congregations of state-approved churches are left with nowhere to worship after they agree to tear down their dilapidated buildings.
Although the Holy See has demanded that the CCP “respect” those who refuse to join the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, they keep being harassed and punished.
The government orders to change the appearance of temples, prohibits religious words and traditional ceremonies. Some believers end up in police custody.