“I had to say Mass in my room,” says Father Ray Leonard, recalling the years he served in the Tibetan region of the People’s Republic of China.
In that country, where the Communist government has created a state-sanctioned facsimile of the Catholic Church and driven faithful Catholics underground, Father Leonard saw firsthand how totalitarians approach religion.
“Everything is controlled,” he told me in an interview. “If you are part of the public church, what is known as the Patriotic Church, the church which is for the most part governed by the Communist Party, they restrict everything. They restrict the times that you are open. They restrict the messages that you can preach about. They prohibit certain individuals that they would not want in public ministries.” See more here:
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