No Summer Camps for Young Chinese Catholics
08/06/2019 China (International Christian Concern) – In summertime, churches around the world traditionally host summer camps or Bible school for the next generation of believers. However, it has not been the case for China, as Beijing continues to prevent churches around the country from hosting such activities.
UCA News reports that some dioceses in China have been receiving constant warnings about a ban on summer camps and many local churches have been pressured into giving up all related activities.
Although lately the authorities have addressed the issue of religious belief among young people, now they are not only banning minors from entering churches but also forbidding churches from even staging summer camps.
Two dioceses had organized summer camps in northern China this year but only one was successfully held, while the other had to be cancelled.
A member of this diocese told UCA News that the first camp was successfully held because church staff invited church members in private. When the diocese openly promoted the second one, the government banned it.
He added that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s intention in clamping down on the summer camps was to disconnect children from the Church. This would thus enable the party to carry on brainwashing the children, who then become their pawns. It would also cut off the Church’s bloodline, as it would be unable to pass the torch, so the CCP would achieve its goal of manipulating people’s religious beliefs.
In southern China, a Catholic businessperson who started an underground prayer class also wanted to hold summer bible classes but dropped the idea for fear of being caught by the authorities.
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