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The Chinese Catholic Church in Conflict: 1949-2001

The Chinese Catholic Church in Conflict: 1949-2001

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  • ISBN-13: 9781581125146
  • Publisher: Universal Publishers
  • Release Date: Oct 15, 2004
  • Pages: 364 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.81 x 8.50 x 5.51 inches


This is a sociological and historical analysis of the conflict between the state and the Catholic Church in China between 1949 and 2001 during half of a century of the socialist regime. The relationship began with conflict, followed by accomodation and finally a cooperative spirit had developed for a complex web of political and diplomatic reasons. Never in the past the Catholic Church has shown a rigorous growth under the encouragement of the Communist Party to shape the Church in the image of a indigenous and local church and to minimize the influence of the Vatican. There remains a persistent struggle between the underground church, those who remain loyal to early missionaries and to the Holy See, and the official national church controlled by the Party/State. The authors argue that there is hope that the conflict will eventually disappear as the new leadership in Beijing may one day restore a diplomatic relationship with the Vatican.

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