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Enemies Without Guns: The Catholic Church in China

Enemies Without Guns: The Catholic Church in China
ISBN
0943852919
Weight
2.00 lbs
Cover
Paper

Pages
334

Size
6x9

Date Available
1999/11/30


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“James T. Myers has woven a compelling tapestry of the forty years of suffering and martyrdom of the Chinese Catholics under the Maoists. He shows in painstaking detail how the fate of the Church has been closely intertwined with the twists and turns of Chinese domestic politics.”–Richard L. Walker, Former U.S. Ambassador

“It is very important that the story of the Catholic Church in China during the last five decades be told with objectivity and accuracy....We are grateful, indeed, to Professor Myers for his masterful study.”–Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Archbishop of Chicago

Dr. Myers begins his impressive account of the Communists’ offensive against the Catholic “enemies” with the story of the brutal destruction of the Trappist monastery at Yang Jia Ping near Beijing in the year 1947, more than two years before the final Communist victory in the Chinese Civil War. He describes the steady and building pressure on the Catholic Church in the years after the Communist takeover in 1949; the seizing of Church properties, schools and hospitals; the prohibition of religious activity throughout the countryside and the closing of churches and missions. Attacks on Catholic works of mercy, especially the orphanages and homes for foundlings and on the sisters who operated them; the mass expulsion of foreign missionaries and the jailing or execution of many others are included in James Myers’ comprehensive treatment of the Chinese Catholic persecution.

Once all the foreign missionaries were gone from China, the government began its assault against the native clergy and the persistent attempts to separate the Catholic Church in China from the Holy City in Rome. Those who refused to cooperate with the government suffered the ultimate sanctions of torture, deprivation, and death. Those who survived endured many years of imprisonment in labor camps under the most horrible conditions.

One of the most moving aspects of this masterful study is Myers’ technique of weaving throughout the narrative the personal stories from a number of Chinese Catholics who suffered for decades in prisons and labor camps.

Enemies Without Guns offers the reader not only the most detailed account available of the fate on the Catholic Church under Communism in China, but also provides a wealth of insights into the workings of the Chinese political system. This book offers readers not only the most detailed account available of the fate of the Catholic Church under Communism in China, but also provides a wealth of insights into the workings of the Chinese political system and Chinese culture.

JAMES T. MYERS is Professor of Governent and International Studies at the University of South Carolina. He has written numerous works on Chinese politics and is the General Editor of the Sino-American-German Documentary Project on Mainland China.

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