Shanghai clergy, nuns ‘re-educated’12 October 2012
The Chinese Government has compelled 80 Catholic priests and 80 nuns of the Shanghai diocese, whose bishop has been detained for three months, to attend "re-education" classes to get them to "think and act in the right way" about Church-state relations.
The move is the latest fallout in the diocese following the resignation on 7 July of newly ordained Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, 45, from the state-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.
The "re-education" involved three 12-hour days of classes during September at the Shanghai Institute of Socialism, UCA News reported. The main subjects included the Communist Party's religious concepts, policies and regulations. The course aimed at strengthening the participants' loyalty to the country and to the principle of a Catholic Church run independently of Rome.
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