Communist Party-Vatican Interplay Over the Training of Church Leaders in China

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Abstract:

The Catholic Church could not compromise with Communist states due to ideological incompatibility between atheist Marxism-Leninism and religious beliefs. Christianity, in the perception of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), had been closely linked with “foreign cultural imperialism”. This study examines the clash of authority between the CCP and Catholic Church over seminary training, elucidating the CCP’s desire to retain institutional and ideological control over this particular sector of Chinese society. The findings highlight the ideological conflict between the dialectic materialism of the CCP, combined with the economic materialism (i.e., to get rich is glorious) mentality of the Deng Xiaoping-Jiang Zemin era, and religious idealism.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/0021-8294.00083

Affiliations: Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong

Publication date: December 1, 2001

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