Let me talk about the situation in my own Diocese.I come from the Catholic Diocese of Baoding, close to the south of Beijing, and the clash with the Chinese Communist Party is the most serious in mainland China.The Diocese of Baoding is also the most conservative, which is derived from its deep catholic faith.
I must say something about the background. Baoding people, that is“Yuyencian”（or called “Yan people”）, is a nation that devout and courage, not Chinese.Yes, I don’t think that the Chinese or the so-called “Han” is a real nation.The nation of our Yuyencian ancestors was independent of China before being invaded by the enemy.In many countries where Yuyencian have ever existed, One of the most famous Yuyencian’s country, is Yan kingdom of the Warring States period. It was destroyed by the Western Qin Dynasty by force during more than 2,000 years ago and was included in China’s first unified, a centralized control empire.The Yuyencian and the various peoples of Cathaysia began to be deeply enslaved.The unyielding Yuyencian before their country death, took a brave assassination of the King of Qin.When Prince Dan of Yan kingdom said goodbye to the Warriors Jingke, Jingke’s brother Gao jianli singing： “The wind is bleak and cold, and the warrior is not going back anymore！” has spread to the present.This is our Yuyencian’s national soul. Since then, faced with the Chinese people’s repeatedly invasions, the Yuyencian have also repeatedly fought. The last independent Yan kingdom until the 10th century AD was dead. Many of the sins and tragedies that have taken place in the history of the East Asian continent have been derived from the greed of some people over the power of the China empire. Even our ancestors gradually forgot their true national identity. Especially after the Imperial invaders took Yanjing as the capital of the empire, the Yuyencian call themselves “Han” as a slave and lost their pursuit of freedom. When we understand this, we know why we can be enslaved by those communists now. And we can understand the conflicts we now know between the government and the church. Because the present communist China is the most wicked autocratic empire for more than two thousand years, it is impossible for the Catholic Church and the Communist Party to coexist.
Now i come back and tell us about the history of the Baoding Diocese. There is the most powerful Catholic community for the Yuyencian.In the Middle Ages before accepting Catholicism,The Nestorian religion belonging to the broad Christian group has already been circulated here.In the mountains near my home so far there is also a remains of the Nestorian monastery,There have a famous traveler, Rabban Bar Sauma,He met the Pope in Rome at the end of the 13th century and met with many Catholic monarchs in Europe at the time. In the same period, the first Catholic church in Yanland was established in Beijing(At that time, it was called “Khanbaliq”, the capital of the Mongolian Empire),It is the start of our Yuyencian’s belief in Roman Catholicism. It has been over 800 years now, almost as long as the beliefs of many European Christian countries,this is why we here will be the firmest place against communism. But was a pity that later South China’s Zhu Yuanzhang overthrew the rule of the Mongols,Western religions such as Catholicism are forbidden,because the sea was not yet prosperous, and land was blocked by Muslims,therefore, the first community of Catholics gradually disappeared without the protection of missionaries.This is the first time that Yuyencia church have been tested by evil Chinese. At the beginning of the 17th century AD, the missionaries of the Jesuits, such as Matteo Ricci, who came through the New Sea Road connecting East and West, made great efforts.The Catholic faith began to recover and spread widely in my hometown,The name of God began to dig deep into the villages and never ceased.
In the early 18th century after the Manchu rule,The Yuyencia church suffered the second test from the evil Chinese. Although the Manchu government began with a barbarian from the northeast, but when they established a firm rule in China, they also began to behave as Chinese.Although they did not use the name “Chinese”, they were politically and culturally assimilated by the Chinese.After the Manchu government used the ritual of “Chinese Rites controversy” as an excuse to start bans of Catholic beliefs, Yuyencian established the underground church for the first time.At that time, the churches in Beijing were occupied by the Manchu government,Therefore, the missionaries at that time transferred the missionary base from the city to Anjiazhuang in the Baoding countryside, equivalent to the later Bishop House.For more than a hundred years, the local catholics kept their faith in secrets as we do now.In the mid-19th century after more than 100 years,because Britain, France, and other countries used force to the Manchu government to open up the trade route (that is, the so-called “Opium War” in Chinese textbooks),The Manchu government’s ban on Catholicism was lifted.For more than a century, the Yuyencian’s Catholic community has continued to grow in secret.After being free to preach, a large number of missionaries have not hesitated to come to the Far East to domesticated pagans.One of the missionaries responsible for teaching in my hometown is from the French Congregation of the Mission (CM).
By 1900,We have suffered the third test of evil Chinese people,the attackers are those notorious Boxers.As the Yanland at that time had established a large number of Catholic communities,So we has the ability to defend itself,Armed militias were trained and fortifications were built. As a result, most Catholic villages and towns were not attacked by the enemy.One of the most famous battles is the “Battle of Donglu” outside Baoding City.At that time, there were only a few hundred people of Donglu, face the siege of tens of thousands of boxers and Manchu soldiers for several months. successfully resisted the invasion of the enemy.Especially in the battle, Our Lady has appeared since,, leading the heavenly army to protect the Donglu’s faithful. It can be said that God particularly loves our nation. It is also because our Yuyencian serve God most sincerely.From this, Our Lady of Donglu is also the guardian of our nation.Having experienced the test of war,The Catholic Church continued to be free to preach under the protection of Western Christian nations.And more and more unstoppable, more and more Yuyencian converted to Catholic,by now, there have been more than 2 million Catholics in Yanland. The foundation of the Catholic faith is also becoming stronger here.
After the demise of the Manchu Dynasty, it was under the reign of the Beiyang government.Although there was war, the Beiyang Government was close to the West at the time.As a result, the church was not suppressed and missionary work continued to grow.Until the beginning of the fourth test in 1928,That is, it replaced the Beiyang Government’s Kuomintang government’s attack on the church.The Kuomintang accepted the support of the Soviet Union,and engage in their kind of evil nationalism,forcing the peoples of the East Asian continent to identify with the so-called “Chinese nation” they invented for their own political ambitions.dictatorship,and exclude the “non-Christian movement”,The church was forced to cooperate with it to promote patriotism and boycott the Japanese. It is because of this they do,only for the convenience of the communist Soviet Union to provide the convenience of the entire continent.In the Sino-Japanese war they provoked,The missionary work of the church was really blocked,In particular, the shrine dedicated to the Our Lady of Donglu was destroyed in the war.The several differences between this test and others are that,many people think that they are protecting the church, but in fact it is the church.Especially those patriots who support the Kuomintang in its war.
From the Kuomintang to the Communist Party, it is an inevitable replacement.From this, the Yuyencia church again suffered the fifth test, from the most evil communist Chinese.But our Yuyencian are not afraid of this,because this test, will end like the previous times,Under constant oppression, our Yuyencian’s beliefs will be strengthened.The most prominent counterattack came from our Bishop, Fan Xueyan, from Baoding.Bishop Fan Xueyan began to establish the Loyalty church in the early 1980s,against the CPCA system supported by the Chinese Communist Party, to consecrate bishops, to cultivate priests, and to Missionary in difficult times,to defend the faith against evil violations,in the end, he practiced his full trust in God by way of martyrdom.It is because of our loyalty,the pilgrimage to the Virgin in May 1995,Our Lady Revealed Again in Donglu,To show our loyalty church to encourage resistance movements.Of course, this also indicates a greater test later,Just like it was a hundred years ago.But under the strong rule of the Communist Party,we have been unable to defend the Church by force,and the original church protectors in the West,all have fallen to the camp of the Antichrist,In particular, even the Vatican’s Holy See has already betrayed God.The Second Year of the Our Lady Resurrection,The evil Communist Chinese government has carried out the cruelest crackdown on loyal churches,in the case of knowingly losing,Donglu faithfuls rise up against tyranny,do not hesitate to bleed.This is the “Donglu Pilgrimage Pilgrimage Event” in 1996.After the defeat of resistance, the churches was destroyed and bishop or priests were arrested.Because they led the faithfuls to fight against each other,all of them were sentenced to life imprisonment.Among them have our current bishop, Su Zhimin James.Since being imprisoned in 1997, it has remained unclear.But we know that he will not compromise one point until his death,will emulate the predecessors of the martyrdom,practice beliefs in life.
Of course, the wicked Chinese Communist Party is very cunning.Later, they deceived the Bishop An Shuxin.This Pre-Loyalty bishop from Anjiazhuang,finally compromised,become one of the very few clergy to joined the CPCA system.This is the most dangerous,more effective than pure repression,It is the way in which the disintegration occurs. They call themselves “United front”.For the Vatican they are also the way to,but at first they did not know that the Vatican after the Second Vatican Council had already extended a friendship to the Communist Party, this is why they can negotiate now.