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China is adopting strict measures to intimidate the Catholic Church

Beijing: China is taking strict measures against the Catholic Church to condemn Christians in the country.

Indika Sri Aravinda, a freelance journalist, reports the destruction and blasphemy of Catholic churches and shrines throughout China, including Hebei, Henan, Guizhou, Shaanxi, and Shandong provinces in the Colombo Gazette. It says that there are many.

Religious activists call this all part of the Chinese government’s plan to condemn Christianity. The plan calls for “retranslating and annotating” the Bible in order to find something in common with socialism and to establish a “correct understanding” of the text.

In 2017, China’s President Xi Jinping said that religions that did not fully fit the Communist ideals threatened the country’s government and must become more “China-oriented,” Arabinda reports. did.

Since he took power, the cross has been removed from an estimated 1,500 church buildings. Restrictions were set in February 2018, making it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to enter the church building. Religious freedom is officially guaranteed by the Chinese Constitution, but religious groups must be registered with the government and are overseen by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

In addition, at a two-day meeting in Beijing in December, Chinese Communist Party officials claimed that they were “accused of Chinese religion.” The focus was reportedly on guiding religion to “adapt to socialist societies,” Colombo Gazette reported.

Dozens of priests from the Underground Catholic Church have been arrested by police in mainland China over the past few months to strengthen the CCP’s doctrine of religious policy.
The term underground church is used to refer to the Chinese Catholic Church of the People’s Republic of China, who chose not to partner with the state-approved Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, Arabinda said.

For more than three years, other bishops have disappeared for several months as at least six bishops from the underground church refused to accept the rule of the official Catholic Church Patriotic Association.

Similar pressure is being placed on underground Catholic families: their children are banned from school and their churches are destroyed.

The Chinese government must recognize that national unity and unity can only be achieved by accepting the diverse religious and cultural importance of the people. Therefore, all possible steps must be taken to protect the rights of minority communities and enable them to live according to religious traditions. Alabinda said.

https://www.siasat.com/china-adopts-harsh-measures-to-intimidate-catholic-churches-2247522/ China is adopting strict measures to intimidate the Catholic Church

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