The Chinese Catholic Church In Conflict

The Chinese Catholic Church In Conflict

by William T. Liu, Beatrice Leung


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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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ISBN-13: 9781581125146
Publication date: 10/15/2004
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

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