Bearing Wrongs Patiently ~ Challenges & Hopes for the Catholic Church in Contemporary China

6:30pm Reception
7:00pm Presentation

Dr. Mary Mee-Yin Yuen (Holy Spirit Seminary College, Hong Kong) gives this fifth talk in CWCIT's Spiritual Works of Mercy Series. She addresses the work of mercy commonly known as "bearing wrongs patiently" as it relates to the situation of the Catholic Church in contemporary China.

Living under communism, Catholics in China, among other Christians, face the risk of persecution and violence. They’ve long been torn between an “underground” Church and a state-sanctioned one, and in February 2018, Beijing issued new regulations that aim to sinicize (adapt) religions to communism—e.g., banning online Bible sales. And as Dr. Mary Yuen tells us, despite a recent agreement between China and the Vatican, persecution continues. And yet Catholics in mainland China continue to nurture hope. 

About the Speaker
Mary Mee-Yin Yuen is professor of social ethics at the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy in Hong Kong. She holds a PhD in Christian ethics and Chinese social thought from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, CA).

About the Photo
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Dali, in China's Yunnan Province. (Photo by Shutterstock/naturesharing.)

About the Spiritual Works of Mercy
Acts of compassion, the Spiritual Works of Mercy guide us to do as Jesus did and help our neighbors in their times of spiritual and emotional need. Though sometimes worded differently, the seven spiritual works of mercy are

  • Share the faith (often worded as "instruct the ignorant").
  • Counsel the doubtful.
  • Admonish the sinner.
  • Comfort the afflicted.
  • Forgive offenses willingly.
  • Bear wrongs patiently.
  • Pray for the living and the dead.

Learn more about the spiritual works of mercy here. For a guide to prayerful reflection on the spiritual works of mercy, visit the Archdiocese of Milwaukee's website. And explore the parallel 7 corporal works of mercy, which focus on responding to the basic physical needs of our human family.


Please contact CWCIT at or 773.325.4158.


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Thursday, February 28 at 6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Michele Monsour

Michele Monsour left a review 2/27/2019

I felt the speaker was very knowledgeable and presented both sides fairly but when I thought about it - if the topic is bearing wrongs patiently I expected the talk to be slanted toward the communist Chinese past history of atrocities and that that would not bode well for putting the catholic church into the care of the Chinese communists> Indeed it is like giving your chickens to a wolf for safegaurding. Even when a few gentlemen in the audience brought up their distrust of the chinese communist it seemed to make the speaker uncomfortable as if she expected retaliation if she became critical or she was secretly on the side of the communist chinese. Now I wished I had spoken up if only to in some small measure to avenge past wrongs., I went to high school in early '70's and there was a nun who lived in retirement at the convent there who made delicious brownies and I remember thinking as I ate them that the hands that made these brownies suffered persecution at the hands of the Chinese communists in 1947 when they overran the country. I have met a Chinese communist and some of her friends. Her family is close to the ruling communist aristocracy and she was friendly but when I knew her more I could see behavior an attitudes that from a Christian perspective are alien to us raised in the Judeo-Christian tradition. I feel very afraid for Chinese Christians who share that tradition because they must see on a daily basis how it rubs up against the communist chinese outlook.

Mambo Vipi

Mambo Vipi left a positive review 2/27/2019

The topic was an important one for anyone who deals with the Church in China. The speaker was knowledgeable while also acknowledging her own limitations as a resident of Hong Kong. The presentation, however, needed a little work, as it felt like I was having to quickly read a book on the screen with each slide. Not easy to do while also trying to listen to the presenter.

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