The Chinese government’s bringing in more laws to restrict Christianity. The Holy Spirit Study Centre of Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese says the rules, due to come in 7 October, would restrict the freedom of clergy from outside of the country and restrict the distribution of religious material on the internet.
There are concerns the rules will also restrict the recruitment of new leaders in the Church there. Anthony Lam, executive secretary of the Holy Spirit Study Centre of Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese, told the Catholic Herald: “Compared with previous drafts these regulations are more restrictive, since they include references to national security.
“They may not make a great difference for China’s underground Catholic Church, since it’s illegal anyway. Speaking last year the Chinese premier Xi Jinping said that China needed to be united against “foreign influences” in the country. The government has also been following a policy of church cross removal, saying it is for health and safety reasons. Read more