China is the most secular country in the world. Most Christians there in past decades were Catholics. Catholics spent lots of money marketing in China. Now most are Protestants. Both groups are growing but what is happening is a lesson in the social sciences. When people there are asked what Christianity is about and what is the difference between Protestants and Catholics the answers reflect the Chinese culture.
That is why I’m skeptical about claims orthodox Christianity is growing in China. What is growing is a version of Christianity that meshes with the Chinese culture, just as the version in this country is modified to fit our culture.
In the link, some young Chinese Protestants are asked about the Catholic faith. They replied it is not part of the Christian faith. Some government positions on Catholicism say the same thing. The Protestant version of Christianity is galloping past Catholicism in popularity.
Looking at China from afar it is easy to see a big problem the government must have with the Catholic church. One of the Government’s strategies to feed and house the largest population in the world has been population control. While it has been relaxed a bit recently, it continues. That means required abortions.
Recently, the Pope agreed to pull two Chinese Cardinals. They were replaced with government appointed Cardinals. No Rome appointed Cardinals remain. The Catholic Church is a government agency. It seems clear the government does not want Cardinals preaching against abortion.
I’m guessing we will hear the sounds of silence.