Can the Catholic faith serve politics? That’s what China wants


Observers question whether interpretations of dogma can conform with the nation’s needs

China has asked its officially sanctioned Catholic body to interpret the Vatican’s teachings and dogmas to conform with the mainland’s developments and traditional culture, as part of its push to localise religions.

Top political adviser Yu Zhengsheng, the fourth-ranked member of the Communist Party, met leaders of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association on Wednesday as it celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Yu called on the association to adhere to the sinicization of the religion, Xinhua reported.

“Interpretations of the teachings and dogmas should match the needs of China’s development and the great traditional culture … and proactively fit into the Chinese characteristics of a socialist society,” Xinhua quoted him as telling the group.

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