Chinese Catholic Church vows fealty to the Communist Party

 

Chinese Catholic Church vows fealty to the Communist Party

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George Conger

A statement released on 23 September 2018 on the website of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association 中國天主教愛國會 the day after the signing of the agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese government merging the underground Roman Catholic church with the PCA reaffirms the groups loyalty to the Communist Party above all other loyalties. A spokesman for the church stated:

I am pleased to hear that China and Vatican have signed a temporary agreement on the appointment of bishops. The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and the Chinese Catholic Bishops’ Conference offer their sincere support.

The statement goes on to say that even though an agreement has been reached to merge the two groups, one recognized by the Vatican the other by the Chinese government, the new entity will maintain the priorities of the PCA. Loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party trumps loyalty to the Pope. The statement read:

The Chinese Catholic Church deeply loves her motherland. We adhere to the magnificent tradition of patriotism and love for religion. We adhere to the principle of the independent and self-governing Church. We will maintain the course of sinification.  We adhere to the voice of adaptation to society socialist and, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, we will work with people of all nationalities in the country to realize the greatness of the Chinese nation and will be unremitting in our efforts to revive the Chinese dream.
 
The statement noted:
 
The Chinese Catholic Church shares the same beliefs with the Catholic Churches of the world. We are willing to carry out friendly exchanges with other Catholic churches on the basis of independence, mutual respect, equality and friendship, and enhance understanding and understanding. We sincerely hope that China-Vatican relations will continue to improve.
 
Original text:
 

 9月22日,中梵两国签署主教任命的临时性协议,中国天主教一会一团新闻发言人就此发表谈话:

  欣闻中梵两国签署主教任命的临时性协议,中国天主教爱国会、中国天主教主教团衷心拥护。

  中国天主教会深爱自己的祖国。我们将坚持爱国爱教的优良传统,坚持独立自主自办教会原则,坚持中国化方向,坚持走与社会主义社会相适应道路,在中国共产党的领导下,同全国各族人民一道为实现中华民族伟大复兴的中国梦而不懈努力。

  中国天主教会同世界各国天主教会同属一个信仰,我们愿意在独立自主、相互尊重、平等友好的基础上,开展同各国天主教会的友好往来、增进了解和理解。

  我们衷心希望中梵关系不断得到改善。

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