The Catholic church and CCP: estranged brothers?

Posted: July 5, 2011 in Chinese Culture
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The Catholic church and Communist Party are once again at odds as China recently ordained a bishop that wasn’t approved by the Vatican. Both sides are especially touchy when it comes to sovereignty issues. The Vatican thinks it has sovereignty over all people, souls and things Catholic. The Communist Party believes it has sovereignty over everything within China’s borders…and often things well beyond. The Vatican is the only European country that never bothered to recognize the PRC diplomatically (it still recognizes The Republic of China, AKA Taiwan), which doesn’t help matters either. I always get a kick out of seeing these two squabble, because stubborn sovereignty claims are scarcely the only thing they have in common. Here’s a few similarities I can think of off the top of my head:

Communist Party

Catholic Church

Vast paralyzing bureaucracy

Vast paralyzing bureaucracy

Regular self-criticisms to higher officials make members feel inadequate and insignificant in the face of the benevolent Party

Regular confessions of sins to higher church leaders make members feel inadequate and insignificant in the face of the benevolent church

Assures outsiders that corruption and graft can be effectively combated internally without external oversight. Has been failing for decades.

Assures outsiders that child molestation can be effectively combated internally without external oversight. Has been failing for decades

Dogmatic political slogans regularly etched into the minds of school children with mind-numbing songs and chants

Dogmatic scripture regularly etched into the minds of church goers with mind-numbing songs and chants

Ideology and depiction of history full of contradictions and outright nonsense

Doctrine and view of history full of contradictions and outright nonsense

Used Cultural Revolution to weed out and kill millions of non-believers…along with countless bystanders

Used Crusades to weed out and kill millions of non-believers…along with countless bystanders

Creepy habit of displaying preserved corpse of founding leader

Creepy habit of displaying preserved corpses of many leaders

Why aren’t they better friends?
If you can think of other things they have in common, please add in the comments.
Comments
  1. Jing Hu says:

    Isn’t the whole purpose of the Abrahemic faith to christianize the world? To save the people from sins? In my oppinion the least Catholic church can do is to praise that CHina is actually ALLOWING Catholicsm in its country.

  2. Masking Tape says:

    Communist Party: Believes that Foreign Devils are the basis of most of the States problems.
    Catholic Church: Also believes in malevolent Devils.

  3. Kenneth Jones says:

    @ Jing Hu Allowing? On 1 October, 2000 Pope John Paul II canonised 120 Chinese martyrs. These were the folks who were allowed, to use your term, to die for their faith. In China.
    Just sayin’ …

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