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  • Vatican moves upset Viet local Church leaders

    The Vatican appointment of a “non-resident representative” to Vietnam has upset some local Church leaders while others welcomed the appointment.

    “I’m really confused,” said Father Jean Baptiste Huynh Cong Minh, Cardinal Jean Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City told Viet Catholic, “because this morning when I met with the cardinal he seemed to know nothing about the move either.”

    “Personally, I have not any idea on the representative office of Holy See to Vietnam, nor who will be in charge of such an office. I’m completely unaware of that and all those with whom I have met did not know either,” Father Huynh said.

    “Our expectation is that since we live in Vietnam, any issue pertinent to the Vietnamese cause, even when it only concerns the government, we should be informed and involved,” he added.

    Fr Huynh expressed his desire that “there would be means to allow bishops in Vietnam to have a direct say with the Vatican” on issues relating to the life of the Church in the country.

    “I believe that,” he explained further, “those who have great Church’s responsibilities in the Vatican, Pope, and Cardinals who head departments of the Roman Curia, want the good things for the Universal Church, and the Church in Vietnam... But how they know our situation? It must be through mediators. We have seen enormous problems with these mediators.”

    The move follows the April appointment of Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nhon, chairman of the Conference of Bishops, to the post of coadjutor to Archbishop of Hanoi, a move described by Bishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh, vice President of the Vietnamese Episcopal conference, as “sudden and unexpected”.

    He also observed that the appointment had inflamed disputes between Vietnamese Catholics.

    Meanwhile, other priests welcomed the move.

    Vietnamese priests have welcomed a plan to appoint a non-resident Holy See representative to their country, saying this would pave the way for diplomatic relations.

    “I hope the papal representative can serve as a bridge ... so that all sides can engage in dialogue, respect one another and work for the common good,” Father Joseph Nguyen Khac Que, a member of Ha Noi archdiocese’s council of priests, told

    “The agreement is the first important step toward diplomatic ties between the two sides,” said Father Que.


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