Going to Mass in China

Going to Mass in China

A reader at Amy Welborn’s blog asks whether she and where she should go to Mass when she visits China next year. She understands that there is an “underground” Church loyal to Rome and the state-sanctioned “Catholic church” loyal to the Communist Party and doesn’t know which is which. Bishop Joseph Zen of Hong Kong addressed the status of the Church in China in an article we’re running in the February issue of Catholic World Report. Here is the relevant excerpt:

“Despite many years of forced separation in China, the Catholic Church remains a single institution,” which includes “anyone wishing to be united with the Pope.” One major obstacle remains to establishment of full unity between the “underground” Church loyal to Rome and the “official” Church recognized by the government: “the control exercised by the [Communist] Party.”

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Domenico Bettinelli