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Hong Kong’s Catholics Cancel Prayer for Fear of Offending China
Acton Institute ^ | 9/10/20 | Rev. Ben Johnson

Posted on 09/11/2020 6:33:47 PM PDT by marshmallow

China’s draconian “national security law” has not just stifled the free speech of pro-democracy politicians, teachers, and journalists, it has now shut down a prayer campaign called by Roman Catholic hierarchy. Catholic bishops in Hong Kong canceled publication of a prayer for fear of offending officials in the Chinese Communist Party.

This summer, the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences asked its members to pray for the increasingly oppressive situation in Hong Kong. China’s violation of the “one country, two systems” framework comes as “freedom of religion or belief in mainland China is suffering the most severe restrictions experienced since the Cultural Revolution,” wrote Cardinal Charles Maung Bo of Myanmar, the conference’s president. He offered a litany of problems with the new legislation, which UN observers have since described as overly vague:

I am concerned that the law poses a threat to basic freedoms and human rights in Hong Kong. This legislation potentially undermines freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, media freedom and academic freedom. Arguably, freedom of religion or belief is put at risk. … Even if freedom of worship in Hong Kong is not directly or immediately affected, the new security law and its broad criminalization of “subversion”, “secession” and “colluding with foreign political forces” could result, for example, in the monitoring of religious preaching, the criminalization of candlelit prayer vigils, and the harassment of places of worship that offer sanctuary or sustenance to protesters.

As it turns out, Bo knows Beijing. Through fear and intimidation, the law has triggered an act of self-censorship.

In response to Cardinal Bo’s call to prayer, the Hong Kong diocese’s Justice and Peace Commission planned to buy an advertisement in Jimmy Lai’s newspaper, Apple Daily, on Sunday, September 6. It would contain the following prayer:

Lord, You reward Your faithful servants with.......

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TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: hongkong

1 posted on 09/11/2020 6:33:47 PM PDT by marshmallow
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I look back in awe when I think of the Christin Martyrs

2 posted on 09/11/2020 6:38:42 PM PDT by gibsonguy
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To: marshmallow

Not possible.

The Pope said Chinese Catholics were safe. He stands with the Communist Chinese as does the worldwide Catholic Church.

3 posted on 09/11/2020 6:43:11 PM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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Christian martyrs/ Let’s just say it takes a worried man to sing a worried song.

4 posted on 09/11/2020 6:55:14 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: gibsonguy

Stories/movies of yesteryear’s martyrs are chilling. What saints! Christian Martyrs are everywhere today. Not only adults but children are being persecuted physically and mentally. Most Americans don’t have a clue. . .too many don’t care at all.

5 posted on 09/11/2020 7:11:44 PM PDT by Maudeen (Get Ready!
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What’ the Vatican response has been to this
and this;
and this
should be met with crys of ENOUGH !!! Pope’s gotta go

Let US pray that misguided; immigration, Islam, and climate bridge builder Pope Francis gets a Colonel Boggie moment ( the lead character in the movie Bridge On The River Qwai played by Alex Guinness) and does a mea culpa and finally decides to question the results of what he’s done what he’s done and falls on the detonator which destroys the bridges he built) and resigns.

6 posted on 09/11/2020 7:42:42 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L.J.Keslin posting here for the record hoping somebody might read and pass around)
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