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Posted August 4, 2012
China is a great, great nation with an ancient and venerable civilization. The ideals and goals of the Five Year Plan are admirable but the means of achieving them are not presented here. What is evident here is that China is a communist society exerting pervasive influence and control of its people's lives sometimes for good and sometimes not for good. One cannot help but notice some "doublespeak" on subjects such as Taiwan. Lip service is paid to improving cross strait relations but the Plan's clear policy of preventing and opposing secession leaves no doubt that it is the mainland that defines what "improvement" means. Perhaps I missed it but I see no mention of the government's policy toward religious freedom, particularly of the Catholic Church. It seems that the government wishes to usurp Pope Benedict XVI's role as shepherd of China's Catholics by determining who its bishops will be and whether or not praying for the Pope can be part of the Church's Eucharistic Liturgy. Far be it from me to tell the Chinese government what to do. My humble request is that the government openly say what it means. Rather than call what it officially sanctions as the "Catholic Church" by that name just call it what it is: the "Church of China" just as King Henry VIII had his Church of England. Rather than call its policy "family planning" just call it killing any unborn child that doesn't fit into the Plan. It's clear that it's government rather than Chinese families that plans Chinese families. The Chinese nation and the Chinese people deserve much better than what this Plan offers. I pray in the Name of Jesus Christ that the noble Chinese people get much better policies than these. Let all people of good good will pray for the good of China.