A local official thinks the cross on top of a new huge church is too big and that Christianity is spreading too fast. So, of course, tearing down the cross will solve everything.

A friend who spent time evangelizing in China during the last decade recalls a meeting with a 90+ year-old survivor of the Cultural Revolution, a devout Catholic. Asked about religion today, the old man, in excellent English would only say “they control….they control.”

If I were Mr. Party head in the province who provoked this mess I’d clear out my desk and make up two envelopes for my successor. One which is numbered 1 and inside has a piece of paper that says “blame me” and the other numbered 2 with a piece of paper inside that says “make up two envelopes.”