With Vatican Talks and Bulldozers, China Aims to Control Christianity

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The Muslim Times is promoting secularism in every country of the world, without proper balance between religious freedom, human rights and patriotism, the majority is always at odds with the religion of minorities and also all religions and sects can be at daggers drawn and have been over the centuries

Source: The New York Times

 

BEIJING — Over the last two years, China’s estimated 60 million Christians have felt the power of a newly assertive government eager to bring their faith to heel.

The authorities have demolished hundreds of Protestant churches, knocking crosses off steeples and evicting congregations. Roman Catholics have faced similar measures, but the government took a different approach this past weekend, striking a diplomatic deal that Vatican officials said was a historic breakthrough — the first formal acknowledgment by Beijing of the pope’s authority in Catholic churches in China.

Beijing’s goal in the agreement, however, appears to be the same as with the church demolitions: greater control over the rapid spread of Christianity, which gained a permanent presence in China in the 16th century.

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