Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Viet government presses propaganda campaign on resignation of Hanoi archbishop

Catholic World News - May 13, 2010

The resignation of Hanoi's Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet-- which was officially announced by the Vatican on May 13-- is being used by state-controlled media in Vietnam as an opportunity to advance the message that the Communist leadership controls the country's religious life.

Catholic activists feared that the appointment of a coadjutor archbishop in Hanoi was an indication that the Vatican had reached an agreement with the Vietnamese government to remove Archbishop Kiet, who had earned the enmity of the nation's political leaders. The government media emphasized that the installation of the coadjutor, Archbishop Peter Nguyen Van Nhon took place "with the approval of the prime minister."

Archbishop Kiet had told the faithful that he requested the help of a coadjutor because of his frail health. His resignation was announced in Rome less than a week after the coadjutor's installation.

Archbishop Kiet has left Hanoi to resume medical treatment for chronic insomnia.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our August expenses ($21,782 to go):
$35,000.00 $13,218.44
62% 38%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

An unexpected surge in confessions? 5 hours ago
The Problem with Catholic Social Teaching 10 hours ago
In Iraq, the Pope has good reason to seek intervention, but fear unilateral US action August 20
As Catholic News Unfolds... August 19
An Iraqi archbishop's warning to the West August 19

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8