Your Money is Going to China. How Do You Feel About That?

by Ian on July 31, 2009

We’re one of the few Catholic retailers who refuse to carry and sell items that are made in China. Does it matter to you where your money goes and what it ultimately supports? As a Catholic, it should matter quite a great deal to you. As with all things we do, we must consider the consequences of our actions.

Most cheap statues and rosaries, the awful plastic St. Joseph home-selling kit, virtually all plush toys, many children’s books (how ironic!) and so many more items are made in China. Be sure to check the label and ask the retailer where the item you are interested in comes from. Ask them why they are trading in Chinese goods. The answer may surprise you. It’s been difficult and costly for us to comb through thousands of products to make sure we don’t carry anything from China, but it is worth it. We’re not in Catholic retailing just to make money – we’re here to provide authentically Catholic products and to build up the Catholic faith – yours and ours.
We regularly post articles about the ongoing Chinese persecution of Catholics and the horrific crimes against the dignity of human life that seemingly never end. Read more here. You’ll be shocked at the magnitude and you’ll question the moral commitment of a Catholic retailer who trades in Chinese products, just to make a few extra dollars.
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Your Money is Going to China. How Do You Feel About That?

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Rachel July 31, 2009 at 12:12 pm

If there is one thing I have learned from your blog (though really there is more than one thing) it is this. Thank you for being outspoken about this. The store I work for doesn’t care at all, but I do, and my family is trying to push away from using these products as much as possible.


bill bannon August 1, 2009 at 8:30 am

Reconsider for the sake of innocent Chinese. 13 million abortions means that still close to a billion people there have not had an abortion.
I don’t think the Pope would ever say what you are saying and he has not so far. There are millions of Chinese including Catholic Chinese who are not involved in abortion and who need to make a living. If Catholicism got a reputation for boycotting Chinese products, the government of China would understandably end the rights of Catholics within that country in a hurry. In short if the papal newspapers and radio said what you said, China would shut everything Catholic down within weeks.


Ian August 1, 2009 at 1:44 pm

They already arrest bishops and priests without cause and the Catholic Church is illegal.

I assume that you would have counseled the Church in the same way concerning the Nazis? Don’t protest the treatment of the Jews or they’ll be treated even worse?


bill bannon August 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

Well then…explain why Benedict is not calling for a boycott of Chinese goods. He is responsible not for a bookstore but for millions of lives and for the commonweal of the Church.


Ian August 2, 2009 at 10:20 pm

My guess is that the pope never calls for boycotts.

I don’t recall the Pope calling for a boycott of Germany during WWII but I sure wouldn’t have been buying from them then either.

I noticed that you didn’t answer my question.


bill bannon August 3, 2009 at 9:20 am

Actually since Rabbi Dalin praised Pius XII for not speaking out too much, I would pause for a long time to think about it. Rabbi Dalin gives stats of where Bishops did speak up loudly within Europe, Jewish deaths increased in retaliation. Christ for example said nothing about the Roman empire’s torturous manner of killing criminals through crucifixion when in fact God’s death penalties in the Pentateuch involved stoning which is quick once a person is hit in the head. So since Christ said nothing about Roman atrocities, one would think that is the first avenue we should explore. Fraternal correction for example of people even within our families is not to be done unless there is at least a chance of them listening otherwise we are casting pearls before swine which Christ forbade us to do.


Ian August 3, 2009 at 11:05 am

Remember, the Bible doesn’t record everything Jesus said so assuming He didn’t say something because it isn’t in the Bible is flawed logic.

The impact of a boycott on China is one of the few things I think will actually get their attention. Pouring money into the country hasn’t done much except allow them to build up a huge military.


bill bannon August 3, 2009 at 1:17 pm

There is a great young Catholic lay woman taking care of those sick Chinese infants who are deserted by their parents. Go to

anyone who wants to help such babies and is not already full up on the donating side of things. She will send you their Federal tax ID etc.
Some of them die but her idea is similar to Mother Teresa that people need love when they are dying.


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