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  • Vietnam: Church leaders say No to government transfer demands regardless of risks of more persecutions
    Despite strong pressure from Vietnam government, Church leaders have rejected a demand for the removal of Redemptorists out of the capital calling for sincere and constructive dialogue, and self-restraint from government officials. Vietnam Redemptorist provincial superior, Fr. Vincent Nguyen Trung Thanh, has said "No” to a demand from Hanoi People’s Committee asking for the transfer of Redemptorists out of the capital. In the letter to the committee, Fr. Vincent Nguyen has defended the religious involved stating that they have "not done anything against current Church Canon Law.”

    "I have no rights to transfer my brothers who have done nothing wrong,” he stated. Furthermore, "in this case, they even have carried out greatly their pastoral duties. They have devoted themselves to their priesthood. They have stood on the side of the poor and those who have suffered injustice.”

    In response to a series of accusations from chairman Nguyen The Thao of the committee, Fr. Vincent Nguyen stated that his brothers "did not say anything wrong. They simply told the truth.”

    During an interview with Radio Free Asia (RFA), in reply to the concern that the refusal from Church leaders would lead to more tensions on the Church-state relation and even more government crackdowns, Fr. Vincent Nguyen said he did not believe submitting to any demands from the government could help improve Church-state relation.

    "The Church-state relation depends on many factors. The way the government treats people, its religion policy, the land law... There are a lot,” he said calling for sincere dialogue and self-restraint from government officials.

    On Dec. 12, Thao sent a letter to Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, president of the Vietnam Conference of Catholic Bishops, and to Fr. Vincent Nguyen in which he demanded Vietnam Bishops and the Redemptorist provincial superior to "educate, and immediately transfer out of the area of the capital” Fr Mathew Vu Khoi Phung, the superior of Hanoi Monastery; Fr Peter Nguyen Van Khai, Fr Joseph Nguyen Van That and Fr. John Nguyen Ngoc Nam Phong.

    Thao considered the transfer as "a necessary condition to improve state-Church relation.”

    Four days before, he had tried eight Thai Ha parishioners after a series of harassment against them, including the imprisonment against two of them for months. While he described the trial as "fair and conforming to the law”, the Redemptorists called it "a court of devils.”

    He reacted angrily, and accused Hanoi Redemptorists of "smearing the system of justice in Vietnam” and "insulting and ridiculing the court.”

    What have just happened in Hanoi, Hue, Vinh Long and Saigon cause great concerns among Catholics. Attacks against them seem to have no end. From Hanoi, Fr. Joseph Nguyen warned: "The Church needs to prepare for more persecutions. Reading carefully the letter Thao sent to Vietnam Bishops and Fr. Vincent, one can see that Thao, himself, did not actually expect the transfer as he had stated. He expected and truly wanted the Church leaders to say no.”

    Explaining further his point of view, he said: "The tone of a letter was so hostile, and so demanding. It also upset readers with the words 'god’ in small case. It was not in tune with the claimed intention.”

    "What Thao really wants now is a good excuse for administratively coercive measures. Please pray for the Church in Vietnam. As Christmas draws near, we are still at the Golgotha on the Good Friday,” he concluded.

    J.B. An Dang
    VietCatholic News

    Posted on 19 Dec 2008

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