JMJMonth long Chinese crackdown on Donglu Marian shrinehttp://www.asianews.it/news-en/Month-lo ... 24843.html
Catholic source tells AsiaNews that security measures have been tightened in the village, used to accommdoate a Marian shrine. Officials enforce round-the-clock control on the village. Lay Catholic leaders are also under surveillance. Banners call for resistance against "foreign infiltration". Faithful pray instead to Our Lady for Church unity.
See also The new Maoism that suffocates the Church and China http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-new- ... 24592.html
on why maoist socialism, albeit in a revised and updated form is alive and well in China.
Speaking of which I was reading the Chinese Gov't portal with the report issued by the National People's Congress (who reads that stuff? I do! Analysis of commie nonsense has always been my secret perversion since junior high!
) http://english.gov.cn/official/2012-03/ ... 094146.htm
. Which basically is the party patting itself on the back and explaining how they are going to destroy the enemies of socialism (a word recurring more often than "and" or "the" in the document). Heck some parts of this report could have been written by DNC's Debbie Wasserman Schultz!
we will listen to and deliberate the State Council's report on deepening the reform of the cultural system and promoting the great development and flourishing of socialist culture, inspect enforcement of the Law on the Protection of Cultural Relics, and give impetus to implementing the guiding principles of the Sixth Plenary Session of the Seventeenth Party Central Committee.
[...] We will make inquiries on such topics as reform and development of state-owned enterprises, development of irrigation and water conservancy, and ensuring safe drinking water, and conduct topic-specific investigations and studies on issues related to accelerating the transformation of the pattern of economic development, strengthening environmental protection, and promoting urban community development, in order to make our oversight of these areas more effective.
The socialist system with Chinese characteristics, including the system of people's congresses, is the fundamental institutional guarantee for the development and progress of contemporary China, and we must cherish it even more and adhere to it for a long time to come. To successfully uphold and improve the system of people's congresses, we need to thoroughly understand the intrinsic nature of China's system of people's congresses; confidently uphold our unique characteristics; be fully aware of the essential differences between this system and Western capitalist countries' systems of political power; remain sober-minded and take a firm and clear stand on major issues of principle; and unwaveringly keep to the socialist path of political development with Chinese characteristics.
The obsessive mentioning of the "Chinese characteristics" throughout the verbose, endless document is not without consequences for those whose religion can be identified as "foreign infiltration".
In short, pray for China. While the regime will certainly collapse like all these houses of blood-dripping cards, it won't happen tomorrow and many more innocents will have to suffer and die before that day arrives.