16 April, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/13/2010 11:13
VIETNAM-VATICAN
Hanoi launches a press campaign, using Msgr. Kiet to discredit the Vatican
by Emily Nguyen
The government media are trying to paint the announced resignation of Msgr. Kiet, for health reasons, as a government victory, presenting itself as the absolute arbiter of religious life in the country, who even the Pope must obey.

Hanoi (AsiaNews) – A press campaign is underway to represent the upcoming resignation of the Archbishop of Hanoi, Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet as a victory for the Vietnamese government and convince Catholics that any decision on religious life in the country depends on Communist Party. Even the Pope, in this context, must seek its approval.

Regarding Msgr. Kiet yesterday, the archdiocese said that the bishop has left Hanoi to resume the treatment started already in March - first in Rome and later in Paris - after two months spent at the monastery of Chau Son for the same reasons. He is suffering from chronic insomnia and stress, a condition attributable to the attacks mounted against him by the authorities. For almost two years, he has been unable to sleep. Mgr. Kiet, in a recent interview said that because of his health, he had asked the Holy See to be allowed resign. But neither the Holy See or the Bishops' Conference had accepted the request. Archbishop Kiet has reiterated several times that even during the most difficult moments of his relationship with the government, "the Holy See and the Episcopal Conference were always by my side".

Here are the facts on the matter. On May 8, in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the government press campaign got underway, reporting on the installation ceremony of the new coadjutor bishop, Nguyen Van Nhon, underlined a sentence in the official VNA agency, that "once approved by the Prime Minister" the Pope had proceeded with the appointment. The phrase, repeated in all news reports, appears aimed at convincing Catholics that all religious activities in the country need the "approval of the Prime Minister."

In these days, then, state media have claimed that the resignation of Mgr. Kiet will take place between May 13 and 18. They have received instructions to portray the withdrawal as a victory for the government over the archbishop, who also succeeded in forcing the Vatican to accept a "road map", which raises the retirement of the archbishop of Hanoi as a condition for the establishment of diplomatic relations and a possible visit of Pope According to these journalists, local government authorities are preparing a party to celebrate the "victory".

The wide coverage of these events is creating discomfort and doubts among Vietnamese Catholics. The government campaign, in short, is spreading the belief among the faithful that the Holy See is willing to sacrifice a bishop, loved by the Catholics and hated authorities to achieve its “diplomatic” objectives.

The Dominican, Nguyen Xuan Que, writes "Vietnamese Catholics have lost a lot of confidence in the politics of Vatican Diplomacy and the Conference of Bishops. They do not believe in the path, and are convinced that the Vatican does not understand the Vietnamese Church and does not know the actual reality of this Church”.  "The Vatican knows nothing of today's Vietnam," echoes a missionary who has lived in Vietnam for many years.

This belief is strengthened by those who fear that a new era - seen as negative – is being born in the relations between the Vatican and the Vietnamese government, fuelled by rumours that together with the resignation of Mgr. Kiet, the resignation of the Bishop of Vinh, Paul Mary Cao Dinh Thuyen, will also be announced. Both have a history of determined resistance and opposition to any attempt by authorities to restrict religious freedom or misappropriation of church property.  


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
04/28/2010 VIETNAM
Hanoi authorities convinced they achieved the removal of Mgr. Kiet
by Emily Nguyen
04/23/2010 VIETNAM - VATICAN
President of Bishops' Conference becomes Coadjutor to Archbishop of Hanoi
by Nguyen Hong
04/26/2010 VIETNAM
Concern in some Catholic circles, over appointment of Hanoi coadjutor
by J.B. An Dang
05/11/2010 VIETNAM - VATICAN
The archbishop of Hanoi resigns. Triumph of the regime
by J.B. An Dang - E. Nguyen
04/12/2010 VIETNAM
Archbishop Kiet back in Hanoi

Editor's choices
SYRIA
I will miss you Fr Frans, you inspired us all, says Syrian Jesuit
by Tony Homsy*A young priest from the Society of Jesus remembers the life and work of Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was killed in Homs after he refused to abandon residents beleaguered by hunger and war. "He gave and continues to give everything for the Church, Syria, and peace. His story and qualities made him an exceptional missionary and witness to the Gospel." Reprinted courtesy of 'The Jesuit Post'.
FRANCE - IRAQ
Chaldean Patriarch on the uncertain future of eastern Christians, a bridge between the West and Islam
by Mar Louis Raphael I SakoThe wars in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan have made things worse for their peoples, especially minorities. As Western policies have been a failure, fundamentalism has grown with the Arab Spring losing out to extremism. Muslim authorities have a role in protecting rights and religious freedom. The presence of Christians in the Middle East is crucial for Muslims.
CHINA - EUROPEAN UNION
Xi Jinping returns home full of deals and silence
by Bernardo CervelleraThe Chinese president signed agreements worth tens of billions of Euros in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. He also stayed clear of any press conference. At the College of Europe in Bruges, he presented his dream of a new trillion-dollar Silk Road. Yet, he also made it clear that at home, the monopoly of power stays with the Party, squashing any dream for political reform in China. On the Internet, netizens disagree with him.

Dossier
by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
by Lazzarotto Angelo S.
pp. 528
by Bernardo Cervellera
pp. 240
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.