#ShortNews: Chinese officials adopt 5-year plan to for “Sinicization” of Catholic Church

The Patriotic Association of Chinese Catholics (PA) and the Council of Chinese Bishops (BCCC) have launched a “Five-Year Plan of Development for the Sinicization of the Catholic Church in China”. In his address to the gathering, Yu Bo, vice director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, explained that ” The 4th coalition meeting is to implement deeper the spirit of the Ninteenh National Congress of the Communist Party in October 2017 and the spirit of the National Conference on Religious Work in April 2016, and to focus on the deliberations of a five-year plan to advance sinicization of the China Catholic Church”.

It involves:
a) increasing assimilation of Chinese culture into religious expression, eliminating “foreign influences”;
b) “independence from foreign influence” (which means to do without the mandate of the Holy See for episcopal ordinations);
c) submission to the Party because it must “guide” religions and must “hold firmly the role of leadership in all religious activities”.

However, a news report of the “Minzu Bao” (the official journal on religious and ethnic topics) of July 25 2017 on the first coalition meeting offered glimpses. Read more: http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ahead-of-China-Vatican-dialogue,-a-five-year-plan-to-Sinicize-the-Church-under-the-Party-44038.html

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