HAVING failed to crush religion by open persecution or to 'establish an "independent church," Communists in Shanghai are resorting to kidnapping and "indoctrination" methods.
Prominent Catholics, especially organisers of pilgrimages to the Church of the Blessed Mother of Zose, are frequently snatched away at night and are not seen again.
Anybody organising a pilgrimage anywhere is liable to be picked up and held by the police for several days.
Catholic student leaders often find themselves transferred to universities in other cities. Three out of five leaders remaining at Aurora University were kidnapped.
After expelling the Jesuits from Aurora, the Reds introduced well over 200 specially trained teams to influence Catholic students away from the Faith. Boasting of their successes at other universities, they systematically harangued and threatened and failed utterly.
The schools are entirely in Communist hands and Marxist doctrine infiltrates throughout the curricula.
There is DO overt hindrance of Catholics in the practice of their religious duties. The churches are crowded on Sundays and many attend daily Mass. Students and workers are frequently seen making visits to the Blessed Sacrament and saying the rosary.
Last month, 4,000 people flocked to the ordination of two priests for the diocese by Bishop Ignatius Kung. His Lordship is having a hard struggle without the foreign missionaries who. together with some of the most capable of the Chinese clergy, have been gaoled or expelled in recent months.
In spite of Communist interference, Catholics have continued to flock to the church at Zest on pilgrimage. One Sunday last month. Red labour union members and "Young Pioneers" forestalled a large number of pilgrims by filling the available transport. At the church itself the Reds tried to interrupt High Mass by singing Red songs and cheering.