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Sino-Vatican Relations : Problems in Conflicting Authority, 1976-1986 - Beatrice Leung

Sino-Vatican Relations

Problems in Conflicting Authority, 1976-1986

Hardcover Published: 29th May 1992
ISBN: 9780521381734
Number Of Pages: 438

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How can the government of the People's Republic of China with its claim to absolute sovereignty be reconciled with the spiritual authority of the Catholic Church? This question has been at the centre of recent relations between the Roman Catholic Church and China. In this first book-length study of the subject, Dr Beatrice Leung analyses the interactions between China and the Holy See from 1976 to 1986. Dr Leung examines the historic relationship between the Catholic Church and China both prior to 1949 and from 1949 to 1976. Using a wide range of Chinese language sources as well as interviews, she then analyses the major problems between these two institutions as they tried to establish a dialogue for future reconciliation. These include the need for the Vatican to transfer its recognition of China from Taiwan to Beijing; the role of the Pope with his spiritual leadership of the Chinese; and the handling of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association.

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"...[a] thoroughly researched study of Sino-Vatican relations...I recommend this book for research collections and those interested in twentieth-century Chinese-Western religious history." Church History "This is a very important book because Beatrice Leung here provides the only comprehensive account of Sino-Vatican relatons in the English language." John Pollard, Times Higher Education Supplement "This is a valuable study that combines detailed research with careful analysis. Dr. Leung's thoughtful discussion of the various models that could serve as a possible basis for Sino-Vatican negotiations is particularly stimulating. Her book is an important contribution to our understanding of Sino-Vatican relations and the broader issues of church and state in China." The Catholic Historical Review "[Leung] makes many contributions to academic understanding in her explication of the China-and-Catholicism case...Leung's book also provides a new angle of interpretation on the Vatican's diplomatic strategy of Ostpolitik..." Michael L. Budde, Critical Review

List of illustrations
Introductionp. 1
The cultural encounter of China and Catholicism, 1552-1949p. 15
Return of the foreign missionaries in the nineteenth centuryp. 30
The response from the Catholic churchp. 42
The Vatican's Ostpolitikp. 48
The CCP and the Catholic church before and after 1949p. 73
Encounters before 1949p. 73
The religious policy of China in the modernisation erap. 104
New development in the new erap. 105
Religion in China after Maop. 116
Reasons for the greater tolerance in religious policyp. 133
Constraints on the freedom of the Catholic religionp. 140
Constraintsp. 141
Church and state relations as viewed by Chinap. 161
Moving towards reconciliationp. 174
Conclusionsp. 182
Sino-Vatican relations in the modernisation erap. 189
The Vatican's overtures for rapprochementp. 192
Taiwan: the bridge to Sino-Vatican rapprochementp. 231
The political bridge: Hong Kongp. 238
Negotiations and concernsp. 257
Common concernsp. 257
Church and state reconciliationp. 267
China's domestic concernsp. 270
The Vatican's major concernsp. 273
Negotiationsp. 275
Conclusionsp. 288
Postscriptp. 302
Chinese political and social life between 1987 and 1989p. 306
Rapid development of the Chinese Catholic churchp. 310
Sino-Vatican relationsp. 321
Hong Kong, the bridge-church, after the massacre in Beijingp. 337
App. I: Letter from a Catholic in Qinghaip. 346
App. II: The English translation of 'Document 19', issued by the CCP central committee in 1982p. 348
App. III: An open letter to the Clergy and Laityp. 368
App. IV: The Vatican's eight-point directive on dealings with Chinap. 373
App. V: The English translation of 'Document 3', 1989p. 376
Bibliographyp. 384
Indexp. 400
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ISBN: 9780521381734
ISBN-10: 0521381738
Series: Encyclopedia of Mathematics and Its Applications
Audience: Adult Education
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 438
Published: 29th May 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.87
Weight (kg): 0.81