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Religions 2017, 8(3), 39; doi:10.3390/rel8030039

The Division of the Roman Catholic Church in Mainland China: History and Challenges

School of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
Academic Editor: Mark G. Toulouse
Received: 19 October 2016 / Revised: 28 February 2017 / Accepted: 6 March 2017 / Published: 14 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Christianity and China in the 21st Century)
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The paper offers a historical perspective on the division within the Roman Catholic Church in mainland China, focusing on the appointment of bishops, the constitution of ecclesial provinces and dioceses, and the problematic establishment of the national church organization. The current state of Sino-Vatican relations both reflects this division and serves as a precondition to positive steps that might heal the division. An initial concordat on the appointment of bishops may serve as a primary step, but a larger challenge confronts the Chinese church in its movement toward reconciliation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Catholic Church in mainland China; church division; Sino-Vatican relations Catholic Church in mainland China; church division; Sino-Vatican relations
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