The Vatican has threatened a bishop with excommunication after he was ordained by China’s state-backed Catholic Church without papal approval.
I wonder if people will actually notice this one. Maybe next they will just declare a new Chinese Messiah. It will be a new Chinese Christianity; it could be a state religion where the Vatican is a pretender throne.
No one seemed to care when China did this with Tibetan Buddhism (the plot of Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun”).
Basically, China’s Maoist government got tired of having a religion that competed with the state, so they exterminated Tibetan culture and ran the Dalai Lama out of the country. The government then appointed a new religious leader of Buddhism.