22 August, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

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





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


» 11/08/2004
VIETNAM
New Ordinance on Religions does not provide freedom, says the Archbishop of Huê

Archbishop Nguyên Nhu Thê says: "we still remain within a framework of asking for permission." "Pray for our Church," he adds. "The government wants to control religious sentiment," expelled missioner says.



Huê (AsiaNews) – The new Ordinance on Beliefs and Religions adopted by the government of Vietnam does not satisfy Catholic Bishops. The new rules do not grant the Church the freedom it needs to organise its own affairs. "We are still in the situation of asking for permission," Mgr Étienne Nguyên Nhu Thê, Archbishop of Huê (central Vietnam), told AsiaNews. The Bishop asked Catholics around the world to "pray for the Church in Vietnam".

According to Bishop Nguyên Nhu Thê, the Ordinance is not "sufficiently open" vis-à-vis religious freedom because "we still remain within a framework contrary to religious freedom, namely that of asking for permission that the government concedes".

Under the Ordinance, which goes into effect on November 15, people "must ask the government for permission to do anything. If it chooses not to allow something, we cannot do anything. Hence the Church cannot organise its affairs as it should," the Archbishop explained. "We do not have the right to organise ourselves as we see fit and must seek authorisation for every choice and decision. This means there is no full religious freedom," he added.

Vietnam's Bishops share the views of the Archbishop of Huê. In late September, during the General Assembly of the Bishops' Conference of Vietnam, they wrote a letter to the government's Office of Religious Affairs in Hanoi claiming that the "new ordinance on religion follows a logic that defines religious freedom in terms of 'ask and concede'. This is still far from full religious freedom because we are still under control".

Archbishop Nguyên Nhu Thê ended his interview with AsiaNews asking Catholics around the world to pray "for Catholics and the Church in Vietnam".

Contacted by AsiaNews, other bishops chose not to make any statement fearing government reprisal.

The Ordinance on Beliefs and Religions "is even more restrictive than previous ones," this according to Fr André Maïs, of the Missions étrangères de Paris, who was a missioner in Vietnam for many years before his evangelisation activities led to his expulsion.

"The new law," he said, "increases government control over religion. The authorities want to control religious sentiment as such," he added.

In essence, according to Father Maïs, this means that in Vietnam religions are under increasing restrictions and that religious freedom is increasingly limited. "Until now, the government tried to control religious worship. Now, it wants to directly determine people's religious sentiment". (LF)


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
12/20/2004 SRI LANKA
Catholic church set on fire near Colombo
11/08/2004 VIETNAM
New law to stifle religious freedom
10/22/2004 INDONESIA
Former Indonesian President defends a Catholic church
by Mathias Hariyadi
10/19/2004 INDIA
More then 300 tribal forced to reconvert to Hinduism
by Nirmala Carvalho
03/30/2004 vietnam
Martyred Priest revered by Christians and non-Christians alike

Editor's choices
IRAQ-ITALY
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul," the thanks of the Patriarch Louis Sako; the concerns of the Bishop of Kurdistan
by Bernardo CervelleraThe head of the Chaldean Church is grateful for the AsiaNews campaign and hopes that "this chain of solidarity will reach far and wide”. Helping refugees to remain in Iraq. But many want to flee abroad. The bishop of Amadiyah where thousands of displaced people have found haven in churches and homes: We also help the Arabs (Muslims), and Yazidis, for free and without looking at our confessional differences.
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergencyAsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
CHINA - VATICAN
Wenzhou bishop and priests slam government's campaign against crosses and churches in Zhejiang
by Eugenia ZhangFor Mgr Vincent Zhu Weifang, from the official Church, the campaign of destruction is increasing social instability. It is real persecution against the Christian faith. The bishop apologises for failing to intervene sooner. He was hoping that the campaign would end quickly. Catholics and Protestants suffer injuries as they attempt to defend their sacred buildings. For priests in Wenzhou, the campaign is unfair and touches buildings that have all the right papers. Such "stupid acts" by the government are undermining social harmony.

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.