Vietnamese Bishops alarmed by the new religious law

By Joseph Nguyen Hung | Herald Malaysia Online

“The government’s Law on Beliefs and Religions has some innovative and positive points. However, there are many aspects that worry us and alarm us,” say Vietnam’s Catholic bishops in a statement that raises doubts about legislation set to come into effect on 1st January 2018.

Despite biases and distorted views spread by the government about the Church, Catholic leaders have reiterated their commitment to work with the authorities for the good of the country, but demand their independence from the state.

Last June, in a message to the speaker of the National Assembly, Nguy?n Th? Kim Ngân, and the 498 members of the legislative body, the Bishops’ Conference expressed its views on the last draft of the bill.