Religion: Purge Imperialists

When the Communists took over China, they thought they knew just what to do with the country's some 3,500,000 Roman Catholics: set up an "independent" (i.e., puppet) Catholic church, and switch them in. For more than a year it has been clear to the Communists that the plan is not working. Latest reports from refugees in Hong Kong: during the last two months Communist propaganda in such cities as Shanghai has barely mentioned the independent church; instead, it is plugging a new slogan—"Love country, love church, purge imperialists."

The definition of imperialists is foreign priests, or Chinese priests who resist pressure to...

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