Publication details

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

Authors

MASLÁKOVÁ Magdaléna

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

Faculty of Arts

Citation
WWW https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1474225X.2019.1655628?fbclid=IwAR25HjuueaV8t8PlVJKFTOyljmMJJgVUYtSLFLfVkHWVHZh4HnjmpMegIGM
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1474225X.2019.1655628
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.
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