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May 16: The Catholic Church in Communist China

Free Lecture by Fr. Albert Haase, veteran of ten years of teaching and business in China

When: Monday, May 16 7:00 PM

Where: Marian College (3200 Cold Spring Road Indianapolis) Allison Mansion, Overlook Room

The Communist Chinese government requires Christians to worship only in state-controlled associations, such as the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), which eschews connections with the Vatican or the Pope. Many Catholics worship in illegal, underground churches, following only bishops appointed by the Pope. Many priests and laypeople, and even bishops, are members of the CCPA in public, and of the underground Church, in secret. After watching what Pope John Paul II did to communism in Poland and the Soviet bloc, maybe the Chinese Communist Party leaders are being prudent ... but that is no excuse for this repression of basic human rights.

Fr. Albert Haase, OFM holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from Fordham University and lived in China for 10 years. As a priest, he taught English in Chinese universities in Wuhan and Beijing for over three years. From teaching, he moved to the business world as the director of human resources for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. As the human resources (HR) director for Deloitte's Beijing office, he was responsible for 350 Chinese employees.He is currently a member of the faculty at Quincy University. He is the author of the book "Swimming in the Sun" and "Instruments of Christ" and co-author of "Enkindled: Holy Spirit, Holy Gifts." His audiocassettes include "Toward Freedom and Joy: Living God's Presence" and "Apples in Eden: Seven Deadly Sins."

Fr. Albert's visit to Marian College is sponsored by the "Rebuild My Church" program and the Franciscan Center for Global Studies. Both received initial funding from Lilly Endowment, Inc.To learn more about Marian College, the "Rebuild My Church" program, and the Franciscan Center for Global Studies, visit www.marian.edu.

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