Christians crying out against the ongoing destruction of churches in China have compared the actions of Communist authorities to digging up the graves of their loved ones.
Two major churches, one in Jinan Diocese and one in Shandong province, have already been reduced to rubble this year amid the ongoing crackdown on the faith, with sources telling UCAnews on Friday that they expect Wangcun Catholic Church to be demolished soon as well.
The destruction of Liangwang Catholic Church earlier in July made international news with photos and videos posted online. One church member, who was not named, joined others in protesting at the ruins on July 23, where he condemned what officials were doing.
“Can you imagine the pain and sorrow when you watch your ancestral grave being dug and your ancestors’ bones smashed into ash?” the man asked.
“Is it necessary for the government to do this? Church members just want to have a small area to build a small new church in the vicinity without affecting the development.”
Authorities have claimed that the churches, including Shilihe Catholic Church from earlier this year, have been demolished because of district plans to build new buildings and infrastructure.
Church members have insisted that the churches were all registered with the religious administration, however, and that they had ownership over the houses of worship.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Stoyan Zaimov