Thursday, June 28, 2007

Chinese officials summon Catholic bishops

~from Asia News

Bishops of China’s official Catholic Church have been gathered since early this morning in Huairou, 50 km north east of Beijing, “invited” to a political session of the United Front. The theme on the agenda is how to respond to the Pope’s letter to China’s Catholics, soon to be published.

The United Front is a state organism, which under the control of the Communist Party, carries out religious policy directives on a national and provincial level.

AsiaNews sources in China fear that the United Front will oblige the bishops to distance themselves from Benedict XVI’s message, forcing them to make public statements eulogising the Party’s religious policies and re-vindicating the independence from the enactment of Papal directives.

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