Sino-Vatican Relations: Problems in Conflicting Authority, 1976-1986

Sino-Vatican Relations: Problems in Conflicting Authority, 1976-1986

by Beatrice Leung
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521122562

ISBN-13: 9780521122566

Pub. Date: 11/05/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How can the contemporary claims of communism and national culture be reconciled with a universal religion? How can the government of the People's Republic of China with its claim to absolute sovereignty exist alongside the spiritual authority of the Roman Catholic church? This conflict between two centres of authority has been at the core of recent relations between…  See more details below

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How can the contemporary claims of communism and national culture be reconciled with a universal religion? How can the government of the People's Republic of China with its claim to absolute sovereignty exist alongside the spiritual authority of the Roman Catholic church? This conflict between two centres of authority has been at the core of recent relations between the Catholic church and China. In this first book-length study of the subject, Dr. Beatrice Leung analyses the interactions between China and the Holy See from 1976 to 1986. Dr. Leung examines the historic relationship between the Catholic church and China both prior to 1949 and from 1949 to 1976. She then analyses 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 Taipei to Beijing; the role of the Pope with his spiritual leadership of Chinese Catholics; and the handling of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. The book concludes with suggestions for a basis for church-state rapprochement. Throughout her work, Dr. Leung uses Chinese language sources, both on the Catholic and Communist sides. These are supplemented by a wide range of interviews which the author has conducted in the Vatican, in Hong Kong and with members of the official and unofficial Catholic churches inside China itself.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521122566
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/05/2009
Series:
LSE Monographs in International Studies Series
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Abbreviations
1Introduction1
2The cultural encounter of China and Catholicism, 1552-194915
Return of the foreign missionaries in the nineteenth century30
The response from the Catholic church42
3The Vatican's Ostpolitik48
4The CCP and the Catholic church before and after 194973
Encounters before 194973
5The religious policy of China in the modernisation era104
New development in the new era105
Religion in China after Mao116
Reasons for the greater tolerance in religious policy133
6Constraints on the freedom of the Catholic religion140
Constraints141
Church and state relations as viewed by China161
Moving towards reconciliation174
Conclusions182
7Sino-Vatican relations in the modernisation era189
The Vatican's overtures for rapprochement192
Taiwan: the bridge to Sino-Vatican rapprochement231
The political bridge: Hong Kong238
8Negotiations and concerns257
Common concerns257
Church and state reconciliation267
China's domestic concerns270
The Vatican's major concerns273
Negotiations275
9Conclusions288
Postscript302
Chinese political and social life between 1987 and 1989306
Rapid development of the Chinese Catholic church310
Sino-Vatican relations321
Hong Kong, the bridge-church, after the massacre in Beijing337
App. I: Letter from a Catholic in Qinghai346
App. II: The English translation of 'Document 19', issued by the CCP central committee in 1982348
App. III: An open letter to the Clergy and Laity368
App. IV: The Vatican's eight-point directive on dealings with China373
App. V: The English translation of 'Document 3', 1989376
Bibliography384
Index400

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