How can I fulfill my Sunday obligation in China?


#1

I will be traveling to China early next year. My question is this: How can I fulfill my Sunday obligation to attend Mass while in China? The Catholic churches there are either under the control of the government or are in hiding.


#2

You cannot seek out the underground churches in China because to do so would put innocent people at risk. When Catholics are traveling in areas where they cannot attend a Catholic church that is in union with Rome, they are dispensed from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass. You can though, if you wish, attend Mass at a state-approved Patriotic Catholic church and receive Communion there. Canon law states:

Whenever necessity requires it or true spiritual advantage suggests it, and provided that danger of error or of indifferentism is avoided, the [Catholic] Christian faithful for whom it is physically or morally impossible to approach a Catholic minister are permitted to receive the sacraments of penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick from non-Catholic ministers in whose churches these sacraments are valid
(canon 844 §2).

The sacraments are valid in the state-approved Catholic churches in China, so you may receive confession, Communion, and the anointing of the sick from priests of the Patriotic church during your stay in China.

Recommended reading:

Masses in China by Jimmy Akin


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