Posted by: becketfund | October 9, 2007

China: Priests Forced to Attend Mandatory “Political Sessions”

AsiaNews reports that Chinese priests who were found to have distributed Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Chinese Catholics (text) are being forced by the Chinese government to attend obligatory political sessions in the hopes that they will “[learn] from their mistake”. Since the letter’s publication on June 30, its distribution in China has been severely impeded: police have destroyed physical copies, and the vice-president of the Chinese Patriotic Association, Liu Bainian, has blocked websites which carried the text of the letter.

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