ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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VIETNAM-The Catholics

December 10, 1977 ONE of the concerns of the Catholic world is the fate that has overtaken the Catholic community in the South after the liberation. The part played by this minority in the establishment of the Diem regime at the beginning and, later, in the administration and in the army of those that succeeded it is well known. Both the Presidents, Diem and Thieu, were Catholics. The former derived his strength very largely from the Catholic refugees from the North. The Parliament of the South had a large majority of Catholics; so had much of the higher administration and the senior staff of the army. A considerable number of priests and some of the Bishops WERE heavily involved in anti- Communist campaigns. Religious institutions had multiplied, and many of them had erected large buildings, thanks to international (especially American) aid. In short, one might have expected that the change of government would have meant the beginning of severe repression against a religious group which had been politically so heavily compromised.

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