Vietnamese authorities have stepped up their campaign against the Catholic Church.
In Hanoi, public officials are planning to seize more
land from the Redemptorist order, while in Saigon state-owned media
outlets are giving prominent attention to a meeting of a “patriotic”
Parishioners in the Thai Ha parish, administered by Redemptorist
priests, are protesting what they insist is an illegal seizure of land.
The Redemptorists have clashed with government officials repeatedly
about the expropriation of property, which has been continuing piecemeal
In Saigon, local television crews have given extensive coverage to the
Vietnam Committee for Solidarity of Catholics, a pro-government group
set up by the Communist Party in 1955 with the goal of establishing a
“patriotic Church” after the model established by the Chinese Communist
Catholics suspicious of the group were concerned to see that 500
priests, religious, and lay people attended the 2-day meeting of the