Religions Must be ‘Subordinate’ to Communist Party, Says China

By Yang Fan and Lin Ping (RFA’s Mandarin Service), and by Wong Lok-to (Cantonese Service) – Radio Free Asia

The ruling Chinese Communist Party has asserted its control over all religious practices among its citizens, suggesting that the Vatican will only have limited control over the Chinese Catholic Church in the event of a bilateral deal on the appointment of bishops.

“Religions in China must be Chinese in orientation and provide active guidance to religions so that they can adapt themselves to the socialist society,” reads a white paper on religious affairs published this week.

Religious believers must “be subordinate to and serve the overall interests of the nation and the Chinese people … and support the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party,” the white paper said, which includes “integrat[ing] religious teachings and rules with Chinese culture.”