Catholic faith must ad­here to China rules, Bei­jing says

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BEI­JING | China’s head of re­li­gious af­fairs said Bei­jing is will­ing to have con­struc­tive di­a­logue with the Vat­i­can but stressed that Catholics should “hold up high the flag of pa­tri­o­tism” and adapt Catholi­cism to Chi­nese so­ci­ety.

Wang Zuo’an, the di­rec­tor of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion for Re­li­gious Af­fairs, made the re­marks Tues­day. Bei­jing in­sists that the party-con­trolled Chi­nese Catholic Pa­tri­otic As­so­ci­a­tion has the author­ity to ap­point Chi­nese bish­ops, a de­ci­sion the Holy See says be­longs to the pope alone. The dis­pute is the most vex­ing stum­bling block pre­vent­ing the re-es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic re­la­tions.

China sev­ered re­la­tions with the Holy See in 1951 af­ter the Com­mu­nists took over.

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