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  • Response Letter of The Redemptorist Province of Vietnam to Hanoi' People Committee
    The Redemptorist Province of Vietnam
    Saigon, 19 December 2008

    Response Letter

    To: Mr. Nguyen The Thao,
    Chairman of Hanoi' People Committee.

    We would like to send you a greeting in the spirit of respect for the truth and mutual respect.

    We have received your letter No. 3990/UBND-NC dated on Dec. 12, 2008.

    According to the Canon Law of the Catholic Church, Redemptorist Constitution and Statutes, and in terms of pastoral relevance, we can confirm that Redemptorist priests Fr. Vu Khoi Phung, Fr. Nguyen Van That, Fr. Nguyen Van Khai and Fr. Nguyen Ngoc Nam Phong did not do anything wrong that need "to be criticized and educated” and should be "transferred out of the area of Hanoi.”

    We neither can find any statements from these priests that incite riots or falsely accuse anyone. On the contrary, their statements are completely true. They have never fought against authorities, nor attempted to create division between the government and people. They have only fought against wrong doings.

    Redemptorist priests Fr. Vu Khoi Phung, Fr. Nguyen Van That, Fr. Nguyen Van Khai and Fr. Nguyen Ngoc Nam Phong did not do anything wrong. But more than that, their deeds are praiseworthy as they stand on the side of the poor, and of the injustice sufferers to defend and speak out the truth.

    Should you see these priests have any law-breaking behaviors; you can go ahead with legal proceedings and judge them according to the Law.

    Sincerely yours,

    By Order of
    Provincial Superior,
    Chief of the Secretariat
    Fr. Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai, C.Ss.R.
    (signed and sealed)

    - The above mentioned
    - Bishop President of Vietnam Conference of Catholic Bishops.
    - Government Office.
    - The Committee for Religious Affairs.
    Fr. Joseph Dinh Huu Thoai, C.Ss.R.
    Posted on 21 Dec 2008

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