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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Communist Vietnam- government further insults bishops

(Catholic Watchdog South Africa; c.f. Catholic Culture; Asianews.it)

Article by Marc Aupiais

The communist government of Vietnam has taken the same path of Zimbabwe- in insulting Catholic bishops for works of the faithful. On state news- the government lambasted efforts to regain church land, particularly an ambassadorial building of the highest permanent diplomatic position in the church.

Vietnamese prime minister- Nguyen Tan Dung claimed that the archbishop of Hanoi had broken laws and the constitution, and damaged Vietnam's reputation- he said the bishops were pleased with relations, and aimed to further aid them. He left out the bishops support of the archbishop, and acted as though this were purely an issue with the Archbishop, whom he called for the disposing of by the Church. Vietnam, like other countries under communism, an ideology labeled as evil by Mother church- continues to clash with Catholics.

Recently mobs of communist youth disrupted a prayer meeting outside of the building- with police securing it with iron barriers, and carrying off church artifacts.

Vietnamese citizens continue to gain a corrupted image of reality from their media organizations- who recently also misquoted church officials before this.

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