Sino-Vatican Relations: Problems in Conflicting Authority, 1976-1986by Beatrice Leung
Pub. Date: 11/05/2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
How can the government of the People's Republic of China with its claim to absolute sovereignty be reconciled with the spiritual authority of the Catholic Church? This question has been at the center of recent relations between the Roman Catholic Church and China. In this first book-length study of the subject, Dr. Beatrice Leung analyzes the interactions between China and the Holy See from 1976 to 1986. She examines the historic relationship between the Catholic Church and China both prior to 1949 and from 1949 to 1976. Using a wide range of Chinese language sources as well as interviews, she then analyzes the major problems between these two institutions as they tried to establish a dialogue for future reconciliation. These include the need for the Vatican to transfer its recognition of China from Taiwan to Beijing; the role of the Pope with his spiritual leadership of the Chinese; and the handling of the Chinese Patriotic Association.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. The cultural encounter of China and Catholicism (1552–1949); 3. The Vatican's Ostpolitik; 4. The CCP and the Catholic Church before and after 1949; 5. The religious policy of China in the modernisation era; 6. Constraints on the freedom of the Catholic religion; 7. Sino-Vatican relations in the modern era; 8. Negotiations and concerns; 9. Conclusion; 10. Postscript; Abbreviations; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
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