Property Rites

Earlier this week AsiaNews reported that the government of Henan Province has decreed the destruction (by dynamite!) of a well-known Marian shrine near Anyang. According to the article, upwards of 40,000 people visit the shrine during an annual pilgrimage that is scheduled for July 16. The shrine itself was built 1903-1905, and was nearly destroyed…

More on Zen-Bush

Jennifer Ambrose of Ambrose-a-rama was kind enough to point out that Cardinal Zen did, in fact, comment on his May 31 meeting with President Bush to the South China Morning Post (subscriber only): “I am not confirming it, but if he wanted to see me, why shouldn’t I? Has Bush got leprosy?” Cardinal Zen said.…

The Journal’s Errors

Wednesday’s Asian and Europen editions of The Wall Street Journal included a 300 word editorial [subscriber only] commenting upon a recent White House visit paid by Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong. The editorial correctly notes that this visit was not noted in China’s state media, and speculated that this was partly because the state…

28 Pages, 7 Languages

That’s the latest on the Pope’s promised letter to China’s Catholics – at least, according to Korazym, a heretofore unknown (to me) Italian website that obtained its information from the Italian APcom Agency. My college Italian is rusty, and I’ll admit that I can’t find the original report on the APcom site, but given the…

Unnecessary Martyrs

Last week I received an anonymous comment – submitted via this blog – suggesting that I take a look at a program called “Bibles Unbound” run by a ministry named “The Voice of the Martyrs.” According to its website, The Voice of the Martyrs is an inter-denominational organization that aids persecuted Christians worldwide. Bibles Unbound…

Catholic Tastes

Over the next few weeks I plan to post some additional material that I gathered in the course of reporting my profile of Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian of Shanghai in the current issue of the Atlantic. In either case, the coming weeks should be very interesting, indeed, for Chinese Catholicism, and for Beijing’s relationship with…