A Novena for China

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A Novena for China

[cap­tion id=“attachment_109275” align=“aligncenter” width=“800”] A rosary, from Flickr[/caption]

Chi­nese Catholics are in a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion. They can’t prac­tice their faith openly, and they don’t have the sup­port of the Vat­i­can, who recently sold out and allowed the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment to pull all the strings and appoint bish­ops. Even though the Vat­i­can will ulti­mately have the last word, in real­ity, if you pick the panel of peo­ple you choose from, this author­ity is all but null.

If Pres­i­dent Trump wanted an easy win, he could talk about how bad the deal was and offer to nego­ti­ate a bet­ter one 🙂

Chi­nese Catholics face an even greater dan­ger. We’re watch­ing the Chi­nese elim­i­nate Mus­lims in their west­ern provinces, through a pat­tern of “re-​education,” out-​breeding and selec­tive assas­si­na­tion. There is no rea­son to think they will stop at the Uighurs. I see Catholics and other Chris­tians, who answer to a higher author­ity out­side of polit­i­cal par­ties, to be next in line.

We should be push­ing our Church to be rais­ing this issue. China’s model of mak­ing every cit­i­zen an obe­di­ent athe­ist to the Com­mu­nist Party is down­right scary.

I ask you, if you’ve read this far, to pray a Novena for China. It’ll take you 15 min­utes each day. If you don’t have a rosary, down­load a free app for one, or go buy one (they are cheap on Ama­zon). Before you pray each day, do a quick google search for Chi­nese reli­gious oppres­sion. It’s easy to find, and should help you focus.

Pray that Chi­nese lead­ers will soften their hearts and allow peo­ple to hold their own beliefs. Pray that the Vat­i­can and our Church lead­ers stop sell­ing out and start meet­ing the spir­i­tual needs of the Catholic com­mu­nity in china. Pray that our polit­i­cal lead­ers, many of whom are Catholic, will begin insist­ing that China not oppress religions.

And pray that this model of athe­ist obe­di­ence won’t make its way to our own shores.


This post rep­re­sents the views of the author and not those of the Depart­ment of Defense, Depart­ment of the Navy, or any other gov­ern­ment agency.

Please share this post. Chi­nese Catholics need all the prayers they can get.

A rosary, from Flickr

Chinese Catholics are in a terrible situation. They can’t practice their faith openly, and they don’t have the support of the Vatican, who recently sold out and allowed the Chinese government to pull all the strings and appoint bishops. Even though the Vatican will ultimately have the last word, in reality, if you pick the panel of people you choose from, this authority is all but null.

If President Trump wanted an easy win, he could talk about how bad the deal was and offer to negotiate a better one 🙂

Chinese Catholics face an even greater danger. We’re watching the Chinese eliminate Muslims in their western provinces, through a pattern of “re-education,” out-breeding and selective assassination. There is no reason to think they will stop at the Uighurs. I see Catholics and other Christians, who answer to a higher authority outside of political parties, to be next in line.

We should be pushing our Church to be raising this issue. China’s model of making every citizen an obedient atheist to the Communist Party is downright scary.

I ask you, if you’ve read this far, to pray a Novena for China. It’ll take you 15 minutes each day. If you don’t have a rosary, download a free app for one, or go buy one (they are cheap on Amazon). Before you pray each day, do a quick google search for Chinese religious oppression. It’s easy to find, and should help you focus.

Pray that Chinese leaders will soften their hearts and allow people to hold their own beliefs. Pray that the Vatican and our Church leaders stop selling out and start meeting the spiritual needs of the Catholic community in china. Pray that our political leaders, many of whom are Catholic, will begin insisting that China not oppress religions.

And pray that this model of atheist obedience won’t make its way to our own shores.


This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, or any other government agency.

Please share this post. Chinese Catholics need all the prayers they can get.