A Roman Catholic Mass for Hu Jia


Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.  (Matt 5:10-12)  

As far as Catherine and I know, the heroic Chinese writer Hu Jia, who was sentenced today to over three years in prison is not a Roman Catholic.

But I am one.  And so, as a gesture not only of criticism, but  of scorn and contempt for the Chinese Communist Party who sent Hu Jia to prison AGAINST BASIC INTERNATIONAL LAW, as a gesture of scorn and contempt for the Chinese Communist Party who HAVE OUTLAWED TIBETAN BUDDHISM, AND ISLAM, AND THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH in China, tomorrow I am going to my local Roman Catholic Church to  have a Mass (to any non-Catholic readers, I will tell you this is the highest ritual of the Catholic Church) in which the name of Hu Jia will be said, and prayed for.

For any non-Catholics among our readers, here I offer an example of the Roman Catholic mass in which, tomorrow, the name of Hu Jia will be mentioned.  It takes about an hour, but as Hu Jia will be in prison for the next three and a half years, don’t any of his supporters (including the non-Catholics among them) have just one hour to share with me and Catherine, to join in my (and Catherine’s) way of praying for Hu Jia?

Even if you’re not a Catholic, please watch this, and while you watch it, please pray in solidarity with me and Catherine, for Hu Jia.  Just one hour of your time to join in prayer with us – whatever religion you  practice (even if you’re an atheist) – will be a symbolic gesture of support for Hu Jia.

And then please continue to pray for Hu Jia in the way of your own religion – even if it’s “atheism”, then please continue to remember him in your own way for the next three and a half years.

But for me and Catherine, this kind of Catholic mass is OUR way of remembering, praying for, and continuing to support in solidarity, Hu Jia.  Please watch and contemplate this ceremony as Catherine and I do, with the imprisoned Hu Jia in your mind.  It will take one hour, but don’t you have at least one hour to spare for Hu Jia during his coming three and a half years in prison?

Here.  Tomorrow, a Catholic ceremony just like this one will take place in the name of Hu Jia, in our local church in Australia.  Please watch this, to get a sense of what we are sharing with you on behalf of Hu Jia:

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4 Responses to A Roman Catholic Mass for Hu Jia

  1. Ned Kelly says:

    A comment was recently made here by a person who attempted to hijack this post about Hu Jia, into a discussion about homosexuality and the Roman Catholic Church’s formal teaching on homosexuality.

    At first, Catherine and I – with some hesitation – decided to let that comment be posted, and to reply to that person’s comment.

    But upon further reflection, Catherine and I have decided that the issue of homosexuality has NOTHING TO DO with the issue of Hu Jia’s arrest and imprisonment! Therefore, we have deleted the comment which we received from “JC”, a comment which spoke only about homosexuality and said nothing about the arrest, imprisonment and suffering of Hu Jia.

    The morality of homosexuality is 100 percent irrelevant to this article about Hu Jia’s imprisonment. That is why we have deleted, and will continue to delete, any comments which attempt to hijack this blog post and its comments into an irrelevant discussion about sex.

    Hu Jia has gone to prison. It’s a ghastly injustice. He needs moral support of all kinds, by any means necessary. Please pray for him and/or support him morally in your own way, according to your own religion or your own mind’s best lights, by any means which you are able to use, worldly and/or spiritual.

    Just keep him in mind and do whatever you can do to get him the hell out of there.

    All else is irrelevant to this blog post.

  2. Adriana says:

    I will pray for Hu Jia, and all those chinese who are persecuted for righteousness sake.

    Nothing more can be said.

  3. swimmer says:

    Thank you for having a mass celebrated for Hu Jia!

    I am a Catholic man living and working in Hong Kong SAR who was, as most observers around the globe were, deeply troubled by the harsh sentence delivered by the PRC’s “justice” system. I was happy to read your post.

    Keep up the good work on this site!

  4. C.A. Yeung says:


    Thank you very much for your comment and welcome to my place under the jacaranda tree.

    If you can read and write Chinese, you may want to leave a comment at Jinyan’s blog 了了园. At the moment, she really needs to know that many people are on her side, and that many people in the world share her conviction that Hu Jia has been unfairly and harshly treated, for doing nothing more than exercising his constitutional rights to freedom of speech.

    God bless you.

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