This week, I’d like to give a shout-out to the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association. The CPCA is an organization, headquartered in Beijing, created to allow for the supervision of Chinese Catholics by the government. Founded in 1957, the association goes so far as to appoint its own bishops. Until the 1980’s, those who participated in these illegitimate appointments were excommunicated. However, in recent years, many of these bishops made contracts with missionaries and wrote letters to the Pope to attempt to be fully recognized as Catholic Bishops, which many were. Recently, the CPCA, as a government institution, has boldly appointed several bishops with no contact with the Vatican, resulting in increased tensions between the Chinese government and the Church, even causing Pope Benedict XVI to issue a statement. While the Church rejects the unilateral power the CPCA attempts to wield, it has not declared the CPCA schismatic and hopes to increase diplomatic and religious relations with the association in the future.