On November 10, 2021, Fr. Michael Agliardo, Executive Director of the USCCA, spoke on “The Church in China Today” as part of a three-part series on the Church in Asia. This series of three talks was sponsored by the University of Notre Dame as part of its Global Church program.
The discussion, led by Professors Gabriel Said Reynolds and Xueying Wang, ranged across a wide variety of topics. How can one get a handle on the Church in China, which has over 400 years of history and is spread across a vast land with 1.4 billion people? How do ordinary Chinese people view the Catholic Church in China? Is the Christian message something that resonates with young people in China today? Has the Catholic Church in China been able to build relationships with other religious groups in China? What about other Christian groups?
Fr. Michael, who is a visiting professor of sociology at Santa Clara University, also reflected on how people make meaningful sense of life – no challenge in the contemporary era, when everything seems up for grabs.