“Since 2018, the government has imprisoned uncompliant priests and removed crosses from churches. Recently, the Chinese authorities egregiously edited the Bible to “reflect socialist values,” leaving a new generation of believers exposed to a version of the sacred text that has been filtered through an authoritarian lens. An educational curriculum written and distributed by government agencies even recast the Gospel of John to say that Christ claimed to be a sinner and was guilty of murder.
“The Chinese authorities see technology as the next frontier of totalitarianism. They are investing billions to develop and deploy new machinery such as facial recognition, data collection, and tracking software to establish a full-blown surveillance state. In fact, just before re-negotiations with the Holy See began this year, hackers working for the Chinese government infiltrated the Vatican’s computer networks in what The New York Times called “an apparent espionage effort.”
“It’s important to note that Christians are not the only religious minority being targeted there. An estimated 1 million Uighur Muslims are held in re-education camps in Xinjiang province, for example, and the government has edited the Quran similarly to the Bible. But the Vatican is unique in that it has been offered a seat at the negotiation table. So, the way the Church interacts with this sinister regime is paramount, given that it will impact all persecuted minorities in the region.”
USA Today, David Curry, Opinion contributors, Oct 10, 2020 [edited to shorten]
Details of the secret agreement between the Vatican and China have not been revealed.
I try to keep religion and politics separate, but how futile that is with every passing day. I will die one day. Some would say that at death the world will not matter to me anymore, but how can I be so callous toward my brothers and sisters now or in the future. Therefore, one must ask, who is Caiaphas now?