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Scream out! Don’t be silent anymore!—An Appeal to All Priests and Christians in China

July 28, 2015

Since last year, in the name of the policy to "renovate three sections and tear down one," the Zhejiang provincial government has been forcibly tearing down crosses on top of churches. By July 10 of this year, more than 1,200 crosses have been removed. In a July 28 statement, the Christian Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee and Christian Association of Jiaxing City, Zhejiang Province, demand that  the government stop the cross removal immediately. To support the demand, the Catholic Parish of Priests in Wenzhou issued this public appeal to all priests and Christians, urging them to relinquish their silence and speak out.


呐喊吧!不要再沉默了!
——天主教温州教区全体神父向全国同胞和基督徒的呼吁信

天主教温州教区全体神职人员

从去年开始,浙江省政府以“三改一拆”的名头发起的专项治理,愈演愈烈,已完全变质。时至今日索性扯下拆违的遮羞布,疯狂地扑向每一所教堂的十字架。我们教区上下,有理有节,以一再的含忍、以恳切的祈祷、以理性的沟通、以冷静的观察、期待阴霾的自行消散。可是,某些人非但没有停歇,反而变本加厉,如临大敌般冲向和平博爱的标记——十字架。他们晃着大违民心,法理根本不能通过的《浙江省宗教建筑规范》,一手遮天,肆无忌惮地强行拆除了一个个十字圣架。不仅如此,就连我们的和平请愿,教友们的声援,也被视之为违法行动。真是“只许州官放火,不许百姓点灯”,“防民之口甚于防川”。难道一个声称全心全意为人民服务的政府真的要退转为梁启超先生所痛哭的“独防民之术先进于万国的政府”吗?他们越封杀正义的呼声,越显示出社会危机之严峻、执政信心之微弱、驾驭问题之无能。如此急病乱投医,拿十字架开刀,只会让挺过大跃进,挺过文革浩劫,刚刚走上平稳发展的中国陷入新的灾难。

作为人,天赋人权,人人有信仰之自由。为保护十字架,为维护这最起码的信仰权利,我们当守望相助,据理抗争。

作为中国公民,盼望着更全面深入的民主与法治。对于以威胁下属仕途,硬性摊派任务,进行强拆的长官作派;对于一切凌驾于宪法之上,任意践踏法律尊严,违反行政程序,以权乱法,带头破坏法治的官僚政客,要坚决予以揭穿和抵制,并绳之以法。

作为中华民族的每一位儿女,一直期盼与守护长治久安的历史环境。绝对不可再度沦为“兴,百姓苦,亡,百姓苦”的局面,绝不允许任何破坏和谐发展的倒行逆施。

作为中国的所有基督信徒,多年来一直在肩负使命,荣主益人,同时也渴望能在平等,宽松的宗教,文化,社会环境中进行基督宗教的中国化。目前浙江省强拆十字架的行径,难道这就是你们所理解的习近平主席说的宗教中国化吗?

在今天这个“山雨欲来风满楼”的关头,我们更要将民族的复兴作为自己的重负,更要坚信我们也是民族的脊梁和祝福。纵使我们只能以大声的哀号与眼泪,眼睁睁地看着这一幕幕悲剧的上演。但也务必明智机警,千方百计使十字架重新竖立。一个被拆,千万个十字架再立起来,立在每个人的心头,立在大街小巷,千家万户。教会历来是在迫害与恩宠中成长的,我们再次恳求主的怜悯,赐给我们殉道的勇力,为国家之安定,民族之真正崛起,献作全播之祭。

圣经云:“只愿公道如水常流,正义像川流不息的江河!”为信仰之自由、为法律之尊严、为国家进一步平稳发展、为中华民族之长久福祉,我全国之众多信友,我具有正义感的亿万同胞,不要再沉默,让我们一起呐喊吧!

天主教温州教区全体神职人员
2015年7月28日


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