While America wrestles with the liberty vs. safety implications of a Coronavirus world, China has been quietly tearing Crosses off of Churches.
Reagan called on Gorbachev to tear down a wall. Xi called on Churches to tear down Christian Crosses.
Since Xi has taken power, there has been a significant cultural shift in the direction of opposing free exercise of religion. That hostility has been ramping up.
During the Covid-19 crisis, for example, ‘Zoom’ calls were obviously monitored by a hostile Communist State:
Chinese police raided the homes of members of the Early Rain Covenant Church on Easter Sunday, arresting six church leaders for participating in an online religious service via Zoom.
“At that time I was also in the Zoom call, but there was a long period of time where I did not hear a thing,” one church member told persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern (ICC). “I thought it’s the network connection issue at first, but I soon heard a quarrel erupt. Our co-worker Wang Jun was questioning some people, ‘Who are you to do this [to us]?’”
Police disconnected the electricity in one of the homes and others were warned via phone calls that the security forces were coming. —Breitbart
(Do you still think those Zoom meetings are ‘secure’ and that the Chinese Government can’t eavesdrop on them?)
In the last few weeks, China has been busily suppressing religious expression.
The Chinese government has decided to forcefully remove more than two thousand crosses from churches across China as part of a government campaign to regulate “excessive religious sites”. According to the reports, the Communist Party of China (CPC) has decided to pull down crosses atop of churches across the country as part of its post-coronavirus crusade against Christianity. The campaign is reportedly aimed at eradicating Christian landscape and its symbols from China.
The nation’s leadership has launched the crusade to eradicate Christianity in various provinces for two years now. Several members have been arrested for attempting to halt the government’s crude attempt to suppress the Christian faith, said a report published by Express.
Reportedly, on Easter Sunday, the Chinese authorities ripped down the cross that used to surmount the tympanum of a church in the diocese of Xinxiang in Henan province. —OpIndia
If you think that’s bad, it gets worse. This is allegedly connected to a deal that was struck between the Catholic Church and the Chinese government. They allegedly made a deal with the devil and are now paying the price.
“Now when a cross is removed, Christians must be calm and smile,” Father Shenfu said. “Accepting the removal of the crosses as an everyday event therefore seems to be the only great contribution that the Chinese Catholic faithful and all the people of God can make to the continuation of the [Sino-Vatican] Agreement.”
“If you are angry about it, you are considered a criminal!” the priest said.
On April 18, authorities removed the cross from Our Lady of the Rosary church in the diocese of Anhui after parish leaders unsuccessfully petitioned local authorities for permission to carry out repairs on the building. Officials denied the permission, saying the plan is to remove all crosses from Christian churches in the area, both Catholic and Protestant. — Breitbart
One witness to this process connects the destruction of Christian symbols with an agreemet the Vatican struck with the Chinese Communist Party.
A blogger priest, Father Shanren Shenfu said that silence in the face of the destruction of crosses is part of the price to pay for the Vatican’s agreement with the CCP on the appointment of bishops in the country.
The provisional agreement allows the pope to appoint and veto bishops appointed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The agreement aims to merge the state-run open church with the underground church loyal to the Vatican. —OpIndia
The present Pope has a lot to say about environemetal and economic policies in America.
Let’s see if he has anything to say about the systematic eradication of Christianity in China? Or does he really think Xi will stop at destroying the symbols, but let the Churches go?
This woman survived Chinese atrocities.
Treatment of Religious Minorities…