MGR. Jules Dillon, O.F.M., native of Bristol, Connecticut, U.S.A., has been sentenced to expulsion from China by a
" people's court." it is now learned from reports published in the Communist press.
Mgr. Dillon, a Franciscan missionary from the New York province. has been Prefect Apostolic of Shasi in Hupch province, China, since 1936.
According to the Communist press, Mgr. Dillon was given a " public trial " after he had been accused of " subversive activities" against the Communist regime and of speaking against Pekin's policy towards religion and religious institutions.
Mgr. Dillon, with four other priests, two Chinese and two Americans, had been imprisoned for several months, although his actual whereabouts were not certain.
It is believed that the " subversive activities" charge against him sprang from his having explained the Red government's real purpose behind the " independent church " movement, and his refusal to allow native priests of the prefecture to sign any document subscribing to the programme.