BEIJING -- The Rev. Peter
Liu Yongbin, a wireless microphone tethered to his head, gazed out over
his prospective converts and plowed into the ABCs of Roman Catholic
faith. He offered a roughly abridged version of Abraham's family tree,
the benefits of frequent confession and a quick guide to church
hierarchy. ''Think of the pope as equivalent to the minister of a
government bureaucracy,'' he explained.
Then came the pop quiz.
What if China were to experience another Cultural Revolution, the
traumatic decade of Maoist zealotry during which religious adherents
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