Why We Still Don’t Sell “Catholic” Gifts From China

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From CNA:

Shangai, China, Mar 5, 2011 / 06:20 pm (CNA).- A Chinese woman who protested the country’s strict one-child policy was re-arrested and taken to an unknown labor camp after she was initially released from a different facility one day earlier on medical parole.

Fifty year-old Mao Hengfeng, who lives in Shanghai, was seized by over 10 security agents from her home on Feb. 23 and transported to an undisclosed labor camp. The move is being seen as the latest effort by the Chinese government to suppress suspected dissidents, following online calls for a Jasmine-style revolution.

Her husband, Wu Xuewei, told Reuters that officials gave him a photocopy of a written notice that claimed his wife had taken part in “illegal activities.” Wu said the charges are completely unfounded, given that in the 24 hours she was home, their house was under constant guard by the police.

“We are very worried,” he added. “We don’t know where she is.”

Read the rest.

Dear Vendors,

I don’t care how nice the working conditions in the factories are that produce your cheap knock-off Italian statues or how safe the factory is that makes your plush toys and board books. As long as you produce it in a country where getting pregnant can get you fired or into a hospital for a forced abortion or sent to a “reeducation camp”, we won’t carry it.

If you can’t see beyond the money to what really goes on in that country, what else will you ignore in your quest for low prices?

Nativity Sets, Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and other things we don’t sell

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Over the years we have known that certain products such as St. Joseph House Selling Kits, cheep statues, fancy Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and Nativity Sets are hot items and we could probably make a lot of money selling them.

Instead, we have forgone these easy profits and opted to sell better quality but higher priced statues, American made pewter and brass Advent Wreaths and just told people that we don’t carry little kids toys and books.

Why would we bother? Why would we have sent back cases of the Revised Standard Concordance when we had pre-sold dozens of them and knew that we would easily sell out of this high-ticket item?

There’s just one simple answer: All of these items are produced in China.

Ever since we started Aquinas and More we have had two unchanging policies.

  1. Don’t sell anything that will undermine people’s Faith.
  2. Don’t support the persecution of Catholics and the state enforced destruction of unborn children in places like China.

We didn’t come to the decision about China easily. There is so much inexpensive product that people want that only comes from there. We knew from the start that it would put us at a handicap when competing with other stores who would sell a statue for 70% of what we did. We decided that we would rather stand on principal than an easy buck and so we ended up with a long list of products that we will probably never be able to carry because they are only made in China:

  • Pretty much anything made from porcelain or resin.
  • Board books
  • Toys
  • St. Joseph House Selling kits (we wouldn’t sell these even if they were made in the USA for other reasons)
  • A variety of hardback books. We had to send a gorgeous edition of The Gift of the Magi books to the publisher and also don’t carry anything from Tomie de Paola much to my sadness
  • Most Nativity sets
  • Most Advent Wreaths
  • Most Advent Calendars
  • Yes, even the popular Kneeling Santa products
  • “Swag” – most items that you can get branded with your logo like cups, pens, hats, shirts, etc. are all produced in China

So just how bad is it in China? Why would we bother asking vendors where stuff is made? Here are a few examples.

All the effort it takes to forgo these items has actually led to a good result – we have found and support other manufacturers who still have beautiful items made in South America, Korea, Mexico and even the United States.

For example:

  • Exclusive Treasures is run by a local Coloradoan and fellow parishioner. He sells crucifixes, jewelry and hand-painted oil paintings from South America.
  • Bob Siemon Designs is an American company that produces Bible covers, jewelry and other gifts and makes everything, from the zippers on up to the stitches here in America.
  • Sine Cera is an importer of statues, rosaries and jewelry from Korea.

These are just a few of the wonderful vendors we deal with who make a point to avoid Chinese imports.

So when you buy an Advent Wreath, Advent Calendars, a saint statue or a rosary from us, you can rest assured that your money isn’t going to support a regime that forces 13 million abortions on its people every year.

Nativity Sets, Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and other things we don't sell

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Over the years we have known that certain products such as St. Joseph House Selling Kits, cheep statues, fancy Advent Wreaths, Kneeling Santas and Nativity Sets are hot items and we could probably make a lot of money selling them.

Instead, we have forgone these easy profits and opted to sell better quality but higher priced statues, American made pewter and brass Advent Wreaths and just told people that we don’t carry little kids toys and books.

Why would we bother? Why would we have sent back cases of the Revised Standard Concordance when we had pre-sold dozens of them and knew that we would easily sell out of this high-ticket item?

There’s just one simple answer: All of these items are produced in China.

Ever since we started Aquinas and More we have had two unchanging policies.

  1. Don’t sell anything that will undermine people’s Faith.
  2. Don’t support the persecution of Catholics and the state enforced destruction of unborn children in places like China.

We didn’t come to the decision about China easily. There is so much inexpensive product that people want that only comes from there. We knew from the start that it would put us at a handicap when competing with other stores who would sell a statue for 70% of what we did. We decided that we would rather stand on principal than an easy buck and so we ended up with a long list of products that we will probably never be able to carry because they are only made in China:

  • Pretty much anything made from porcelain or resin.
  • Board books
  • Toys
  • St. Joseph House Selling kits (we wouldn’t sell these even if they were made in the USA for other reasons)
  • A variety of hardback books. We had to send a gorgeous edition of The Gift of the Magi books to the publisher and also don’t carry anything from Tomie de Paola much to my sadness
  • Most Nativity sets
  • Most Advent Wreaths
  • Most Advent Calendars
  • Yes, even the popular Kneeling Santa products
  • “Swag” – most items that you can get branded with your logo like cups, pens, hats, shirts, etc. are all produced in China

So just how bad is it in China? Why would we bother asking vendors where stuff is made? Here are a few examples.

All the effort it takes to forgo these items has actually led to a good result – we have found and support other manufacturers who still have beautiful items made in South America, Korea, Mexico and even the United States.

For example:

  • Exclusive Treasures is run by a local Coloradoan and fellow parishioner. He sells crucifixes, jewelry and hand-painted oil paintings from South America.
  • Bob Siemon Designs is an American company that produces Bible covers, jewelry and other gifts and makes everything, from the zippers on up to the stitches here in America.
  • Sine Cera is an importer of statues, rosaries and jewelry from Korea.

These are just a few of the wonderful vendors we deal with who make a point to avoid Chinese imports.

So when you buy an Advent Wreath, Advent Calendars, a saint statue or a rosary from us, you can rest assured that your money isn’t going to support a regime that forces 13 million abortions on its people every year.

Why We Never Have Sold Chinese Products

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A couple of weeks ago China officially announced that it was keeping it’s “One Child Policy.” You know, the national policy where women who get pregnant more than once are either heavily fined or forced to abort their children. This has also lead to the infanticide of female babies leaving China with a very unnatural male / female ratio.

From the National Catholic Register comes another story of an 8-month old baby aborted against the parents’ wishes:

After running afoul of China’s One Child policy, a Chinese couple expected to be hit with a fine. But instead, officials demanded that the woman — who was in the eighth month of her pregnancy — have an abortion, according to a new Al Jazeera report.

I don’t care how nice the working conditions are at the Catholic statue factory or how much we are improving the standard of living for those painting porcelain night lights, we will never sell Chinese products as long as China has it’s barbaric one-child policy and keeps persecuting Christians.


Why We Don't Do Business With China, Reason Number… I've Lost Count

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Because the Chinese will arrest you if you refuse to celebrate a Mass with a communist Catholic bishop.
Sure, we could get lots of cheap porcelain picture frames and stuffed animals if we bought from China but why should we?

Why We Don’t Do Business With China, Reason Number… I’ve Lost Count

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Because the Chinese will arrest you if you refuse to celebrate a Mass with a communist Catholic bishop.
Sure, we could get lots of cheap porcelain picture frames and stuffed animals if we bought from China but why should we?

If You Think Forced Abortions are a Thing of the Past, Think Again

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Over the past couple of weeks we have received many requests for nativity sets and have had to tell our customers that almost all nativity sets are made in China and because of China’s horrific human rights record, we refuse to carry products from that country.

It makes it more challenging for us to not carry high sales volume things like nativities, kneeling Santas, inexpensive statues and St. Joseph Home Selling Kits, but I rest much easier at night knowing that we aren’t indirectly supporting a country that makes the slaughter committed by the Aztecs look like rough-housing at a picnic.

Today our product manager read this article over at Catholic Exchange concerning the forced abortions still going on in China. Did your Christmas purchase help kill a baby today?

Again, Why Would You Move Manufacturing to China?

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Maybe because things like having three priests arrested and then having the arrest denied by the Chinese officials doesn’t bother you that much.

The whereabouts of three “underground” priests in northern China, detained by police months ago, are still unknown while another has apparently been persuaded to join the “open” Church, say sources.

Fathers Liu Jianzhong, Zhang Cunhui and Zhong Mingchang of Xuanhua diocese were taken away by plainclothes police on June 8, June 14 and Sept. 16 respectively.

Local Church sources said that when the priests’ family members went to government departments to enquire about them, the authorities denied detaining them and refused family requests to help locate them.

Meanwhile, Father Simon Zhang Jianlin, who was taken by police in July, is under house arrest in a county government building. Sources say he has been “brainwashed” and has been persuaded to join the Catholic Patriotic Association, but he is allowed to receive visitors in the premises.

Their bishop is 80 and is in hiding.

I can understand that when some products like the lousy CFL lightbulbs that the government in its wisdom is forcing everyone to use are only made in China you don’t have a choice about your purchasing. But when options are available why would China even be on the list?

Source: Union of Catholic Asian News

China’s One Child Policy (and the murder of 40% + of their children) Continues

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This morning our Product Manager told me that our most recent newsletter on why we don’t carry Chinese products elicited more response than ANY newsletter we have ever sent. All comments were positive about our stance.

Today I found an article talking about how over 13 million Chinese babies are killed through abortion every year. That number does not include those killed in rural areas or those killed by the 10 million abortifacient drugs sold in China each year.

And those reports about China relaxing its one-child policy?

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has affirmed that its one child policy will continue. The official state news agency reported that despite media-generated rumors of a relaxation to the rules, the policy will “be strictly enforced as a means of controlling births for decades to come as overpopulation is still a major concern.”

Despite claims by the United Nations Population Fund that the Chinese program no longer employs coerced abortion, an investigation by Population Research Institute (PRI) found earlier this year that the government continues to employ “crippling fines,” intimidation, pressure for sterilization and even the seizure of “illegal children” to force local people to comply. PRI’s Colin Mason, who headed up the investigation, told LifeSiteNews.com that “any and all official action concerning reproductive health and/or population control was entirely coercive and administrative in nature.”

Again, why wouldn’t you avoid buying as much as you can from there, especially Catholic products?

Ironically, we found out this morning that Catholic Book Publishing, a huge supplier of kids books and children’s missals, is moving all of its children’s products to China for production. Would you be willing to pay an additional .50 for a book if it wasn’t produced in China? We are but not enough people have expressed concern with publishers and manufacturers to convince them that their bottom line will actually suffer from these types of decisions.

If you like the Catholic Book Publishing children’s books, now would probably be a good time to buy them because we are going to be discontinuing all of them over the next few months as our supply runs out.

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

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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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