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The Internal Development of the Taiwan Catholic Church: 1950s–1960s

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Part of the Christianity in Modern China book series (CMC)

Abstract

The “Y shape theory” in historiography is employed to discuss the development of the Taiwan Catholic Church between 1950 and 1960 with the massive influx of church personnel and other mainlanders into Taiwan. This chapter discusses the kaleidoscopic activities of the exiled priests in Taiwan both for survival and evangelical purposes with minimal financial assistance from the Church hierarchy. However, they spread throughout the island evangelizing all ethnic groups, not only the Taiwanese and mainlanders. The close relationship of the Catholic Church with the ruling Nationalist Party of that period was significant, providing much convenience to Catholic mission work but leaving behind long-term problems that last even today.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Chinese Language ProgramNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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