Throughout China, a number of celebrations mark the anniversary of the founding of the Communist Get together of China. Catholics and different believers can select amongst a panoply of seminars, conferences, journeys, visits, and reveals. For Mgr Ma Yinglin, with out the Communist Get together there could be no New China, no socialism with Chinese language traits, and no comfortable life for individuals at present.
Rome (AsiaNews) – The centennial of the founding of the Communist Get together of China is being celebrated beneath the banner of “figuring out, thanking, listening, following the Get together”.
Catholics can select amongst plenty of seminars, conferences, journeys, visits, and reveals, after the Council of Bishops and the Chinese language Patriotic Catholic Affiliation (CPCA) determined to decree the centennial because the most important event for the Church in China. Certainly, “figuring out” means “figuring out the historical past” of the Get together, which is why a deep ‘communist’ training have to be assimilated.
In Fujian, conferences and visits to websites essential within the historical past of communism have been held between 12 and 14 April beneath the banner “Love the Get together, love the homeland, love socialism” with the participation of greater than 50 representatives from all official religions (Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Catholicism, Protestantism).
The official report of the occasions burdened the emergence of a “State Church”, completely obedient to the emperor with “a solemn flag elevating ceremony in a Catholic church in Changting (Fujian) in what was the primary occasion of its type involving the 5 foremost religions in a spot of non secular exercise within the province” (image 2).
Seminars on “figuring out, thanking, listening, following the Get together” have been additionally held in Guangdong. Final Saturday, the Standing Committee of the Guangdong Church targeted on an “Impartial, Self-Managed, and Self-Elective Church (in episcopal appointments and ordinations).”
These mirror the long-term targets of the CPCA, and earlier than that, Mao Zedong, i.e. the creation of a Chinese language nationwide Catholic Church, topic to the facility of the state (image 3).
Buddhist communities additionally held “thanksgiving” occasions, celebrating the Get together.
Final Thursday, Liu Yuanlong, CPCA vice-president and secretary common, chaired a second seminar in Beijing on the historical past of the Get together, together with the president of the Council of Bishops, Mgr Ma Yinglin, one of many bishops whose excommunication Pope Francis reversed.
“In his closing speech, Bishop Ma Yinglin identified that historical past has clearly proven that with out the Communist Get together there could be no New China, no socialism with Chinese language traits, and no comfortable life for individuals at present.
“China’s Catholic neighborhood ought to actively reply to the initiative to ‘love the Get together, love the homeland, love socialism’, in addition to firmly help the management of the Chinese language Communist Get together, help the socialist system with Chinese language traits, firmly comply with the trail of patriotism and love, and actively adapt to socialist society” (image 4).
On 11 April, a convention on the historical past of the Get together was additionally held in Shifang (Sichuan), chaired by Fr Liu Conghua, organised by Luo Min, deputy director of the Shifang Municipal Workplace, centred on “Creating the Examine of Get together Historical past and Instructional Propaganda in Spiritual Circles”.
Tang Jun, a consultant of the United Entrance, urged the Catholic Church to “unite patriotism and love as a way to educate the historical past of the Get together.”
Final however not least, an actual present of “gratitude” in direction of the Communist Get together got here on Easter in Zhengzhou (Henan) the place many church buildings are closed because of the pandemic, whereas cinemas, eating places, factories, and leisure centres are open.
Right here, a priest, Fr Wang Yuesheng, stood in entrance of a closed church (image 1), holding a particular exhibit devoted to the “superb historical past of the founding of the Communist Get together”. This exhibits how individuals might be grateful to the Get together for the closed doorways of the church. (BC)