Catholics in China have freedom of worship, but not freedom of religion.

Editor’s note: The Obama administration is attempting to pull off the same “trick” in these United States. In times to come, it will be increasingly likely that if we Christians do not hang together, we will almost surely hang, separately!

Rome, Italy, Dec 10, 2010 / 05:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).– Father Bernardo Cervellera, a longtime observer of Sino-Vatican affairs, is deeply troubled by recent moves made by China’s communist authorities.

“We are back in the 1950s,” said Fr. Cervellera, a missionary of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions and editor of institute’s influential Asia News website.

“Honestly, I would say that with these elections we are taken back to the time of Mao Zedong and the foundation of the Patriotic Association,” the state-authorized Catholic Church established by the communist ruler.