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Chinese Rites controversy

The Chinese Rites controversy was a dispute within the Catholic Church in the early 18th century about whether Chinese folk religion rites and offerings to the emperor constituted idolatry or not.

The Jesuits argued that Chinese folk religion and offerings to the emperor and departed ancestors were civil in nature and therefore not incompatible with Catholicism, while the Dominicans argued the reverse.

The pope decided in favor of the Dominicans, which greatly reduced Catholic missionary activity in China.

See also: History of Christian Missions

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