Joseph Loftus, an Irish Catholic Priest, is an advisor to China’s charity sector, having been in the country since 1994, first in Taiwan and later Beijing. His interests include the stresses of rapid urbanization as it affects both those relocating to the cities as well as those left behind in the emptying villages. He is particularly interested in the impact China’s unprecedented migration is having on close-knit Catholic villages. His contention is that the Chinese Catholic Church is not developing rapidly enough the structures necessary to deal with the social changes its (mainly rural) adherents are experiencing.
March 22: Trends in Spirituality in Modern China