Mistaken Baptism?

I ran across this piece on a Vietnamese bishop who was arrested for “baptizing” people. I suppose it’s slightly heartening to know that scoffers are less informed about the Mass than Catholics who have been denied the Eucharist.

The bishop protested, denying that he had “baptized people,” he explained that he had only helped the faithful to reconcile themselves with God. “Before eating – he said – you wash your hands. Likewise, before attending the Mass, we wash ourselves, reconciling ourselves with God.”

Possibly the government officials witnessed the Easter sprinkling rite.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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One Response to Mistaken Baptism?

  1. David D. says:

    More incredibly, the linked article notes that:

    “…when Msgr. Duc Oanh arrived, along with a priest, he found a hostile atmosphere because police and women of the Communist League women outnumbered the faithful, controlling and mocking the Catholics and the bishop. A long queue of Catholics requested permission to confess. The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation took place to the sound of laughter and jokes at the gestures of the faithful…

    “The concern of the communist authorities and their charges are explained by the fact that the diocese is witnessing a large number of conversions, with 50 thousand baptisms over the past two years.”

    Amazing.

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