The role of successive popes in the process of unification of the Church in China



Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords Catholic Church; China; popes; provisional agreement (2018); reunification; CCP; CCPA; Mao Zedong
Description After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the Communist Party of China sought to break all ties between the Church in China and Western powers. Since 1957, there have been two distinct Catholic groups within the PRC: the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, and the underground church loyal to the Vatican. This may be about to change, however, as in September 2018, the Vatican and the PRC signed a new provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops, which could lead towards reunification of the Catholic Church in China after more than sixty years of division. This paper introduces the changing position of the popes with respect to the PRC. The article argues that the new agreement should not be considered an initiative solely of Pope Francis, but rather the result of numerous changes within the Vatican instigated during the papacy of Pope John XXIII.
Related projects:

You are running an old browser version. We recommend updating your browser to its latest version.