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The editorial team of the HERALD should be applauded for publishing the lead article entitled Chinese Catholic Church demolished in the August 12, 201

Sep 27, 2018

Dear Editor,
The editorial team of the HERALD should be applauded for publishing the lead article entitled Chinese Catholic Church demolished in the August 12, 2018 issue.

The church in the Jinan province was wantonly destroyed by government officials without prior notice. This followed a series of other high handed actions by the authorities, including destroying a Way of the Cross in Henan province in June of this year. The irresistible inference to be drawn is that this communist state is on an inexorable march to drive the Catholic Church underground in China with its insidious moves.

It therefore behoves all Christians to roundly condemn such actions because, as soldiers of Christ, our bounden duty is to our Lord Jesus Christ.

That this front page article may purportedly upset relations with the People’s Republic Of China as postulated by a writer to this column is wholly immaterial in comparison to our love for our Church.

The destruction of a church in any part of the world is as heart breaking as the loss of a loved one and our collective conscience must respond accordingly.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental tenet which must be accorded to every person without restriction.

Keep up the reporting of such issues without fear or favour, for our journey in faith as Christ’s disciples will, many a time, take us down the untrodden road.

S. Jeyakumar
Malacca Johore Diocese
Catholic Lawyers Guild

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