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  •  From your debriefing experience (2+ / 0-)
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    Clem Yeobright, Throwing Stones

    did you get a sense that Catholic's in the NVA were trusted with positions as sensitive, say, as guarding American prisoners?
    Or were they more analogous to Japanese-Americans in the U.S. Army, fit for cannon fodder in Sicily but (I write this without knowing, but I'd be willing to borrow money to bet)not for example, guarding the Manhattan Project. That example overstates my case, but I believe you understand the question I'm getting at.

    Change is inevitable. Change for the better is a full time job. Adlai E. Stevenson

    by DaNang65 on Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 03:11:22 PM PDT

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    •  Gotta pass on the numbers (2+ / 0-)
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      Throwing Stones, DaNang65

      I can't find the numbers in Vietnamese wikipedia, although it does say that there were 33 individual Catholic bishops between 1945 and 1975 'in both halves'.  There are pages for many individual churches and cathedrals but, again, no numbers of communicants, and no indication that they have ever been inactive. Maybe the Vatican archives would be a better place to research the relationship with the 'national' Catholic church. (I did find a note under 'Religious Directorate' that today bishops are appointed in consultation with the government.)

      It's a long time ago, but my recollection is that your questions were not really relevant, in that religious practice in NVN was constrained but never forbidden and that there was no discimination of the sort you describe. I can't remember ever hearing of Catholic chaplains, but neither of Buddhist chaplains or any others, which seems to make sense.

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      by Clem Yeobright on Sun Aug 17, 2008 at 03:22:33 PM PDT

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