Churches in Hebei province and in Yibin Diocese of Sichuan province have held training seminars on the five-year plan to promote Sinicization of the Chinese Catholic Church. Professor Ying Fuk-tsang, director of the divinity school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said Sinicization had become an unavoidable mission for all religions in China since President Xi Jinping proposed the plan in 2015.
The Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) and the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) issued the Five-Year Plan on Promoting the Chinese Catholic Church’s Adherence to Sinicization (2018-22) in June to all dioceses, asking them to formulate and report their own five-year plans to the CCPA and BCCCC before the end of August.
“Sinicization is the Communist Party’s effort to strengthen its control of religions in terms of ideology and system. Politically, religion must be in line with the party’s socialist core values, conform to Chinese society and be compatible with traditional Chinese culture,” Ying said.