Taiwan’s Role in the Chinese Catholic Church: The Bridging Endeavor
Vatican-Taiwan diplomatic relations were adirect outgrowh of the dissolution of Vatican relations with mainland China. Established in 1942, these relations were formally broken in 1951 with the expulsion of the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Antonio Riberi. Riberi, after a short stay in Hong Kong went to Taipei to establish the Nunciature. This relationship has served as both a sticking point on progress in Sino-Vatican relations and a productive party to the Vatican’s efforts to reach out to Catholic communities on the mainland and to build up the Catholic Church in China. This chapter looks back on Taiwan’s role in the history of the Chinese Catholic Church, as a church in exile after the Communist takeover of 1949, and in the Church’s “Bridging Endeavor” in the era of China’s reform and opening-up. It also looks ahead to the future of the Catholic Church in Taiwan vis-à-vis Vatican diplomatic relations and as an instrument of Catholic religious life in Taiwan.
KeywordsReligious Order Chinese Communist Party Democratic Progressive Party Church Leader Diplomatic Relation
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