The statement of the Vietnamese bishops was made public today, signed by the president of the episcopal conference, Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nhon. It was released at the end of the annual assembly of the bishops, which concludes today.
The note, sent also to the president and prime minister, responds to a letter from Thao dated September 23, in which the bishop and religious are accused of “inciting riots, falsely accusing the government, disrespecting the nation, breaking and ridiculing the law, and instigating others to violate it”.
The four priests named by Thao are the same ones "warned" by the president of the people's committee of Hanoi.
In another statement, the Vietnamese bishops highlight other problems in the country, like the unjust appropriation of individual and Church property, the spread of naked corruption, injustice against the poor and against believers, repression against the people and against religion, the abuse of force on the part of the authorities, and the dishonesty of the state media.
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