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«Yin-Yang» Interplay

A Renewed Formation Program for the Catholic Seminary in China


Bit-shing Abraham Chiu

«Yin-Yang» Interplay: A Renewed Formation Program for the Catholic Seminary in China puts the spotlight on the design of a renewed formation program for the Catholic seminary in China. Without any renewed formation, transformation becomes pessimistic in the Chinese Catholic Church (CCC). Though the road marching to spiritual transformation in China is long and winding, «Yin-Yang» Interplay offers those who are interested in laboring in this special vineyard vision a dream, and, more profoundly, hope.
Indeed, this hope is based on the analysis of the political and religious background of the CCC and the data collected from twenty-six interviewees, especially the seminarians whose sincere sharing substantiates the author’s academic research and simultaneously opens a window to the world for understanding the CCC. On the foundation of theory and experience, the author suggests a renewed formation program that customizes the special political and religious situations in China. The program integrates traditional Confucianism, modern educational theory, and contemporary Chinese culture in order to foster a seedbed for the clerical formation of the CCC.
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Chapter Two: Educit Obstetrix–Rebirth of Seminaries after the Cultural Revolution


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Educit Obstetrix–Rebirth of Seminaries after the Cultural Revolution

The Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) is a watershed in contemporary Chinese history. During these ten years, all religious denominations were suppressed and silenced. Under the open policy of Deng Xiaoping in the 1980s, the Chinese Catholic seminaries were resurrected under political domination, though in the soil of Confucianism. This chapter examines the common circumstances of seminaries, namely, theological rigidity and spiritual desensitization that are caused by the imposition of political domination, the hidden curriculum. This hidden curriculum recalls the complicated case of crucifying Jesus according to the passion narrative of the gospel of John. The comparison of these two cases is indicated in section A. In section B, the present status of seminary formation under political domination is researched while section C details how Confucianism can modify seminary formation.

The Tension between Politics and Religion in Comparison with John 18:28-19:16

There was an interesting dialogue between Jesus and Pilate in John 19. The topic Jesus discussed with Pilate, the delegate of the Roman Empire who governed over the Jews, was “kingdom/reign” (βασiλiα). The βασiλiα proclaimed by Jesus is given in Schüssler Fiorenza’s description: the kingdom of Jesus is a democratic assembly and movement which challenges the domination of the Roman Empire.1

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