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Catholic VietnamA Church from Empire to Nation$
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Charles Keith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272477

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272477.001.0001

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The Birth of a National Church

The Birth of a National Church

(p.88) 3 The Birth of a National Church
Catholic Vietnam

Charles Keith

University of California Press

Chapter 3, “The Birth of a National Church,” focuses on the consequences in Vietnam of a global Vatican campaign to lay foundations for independent national churches across European colonial empires. These reforms were a response both to an ebbing missionary presence after World War I, as well as to tensions between local Catholics, missionaries, and colonial authorities plaguing Catholic missions in Vietnam and throughout the world. By the 1930s these reforms, which included modernized seminaries, an Apostolic Delegate to Vietnam, Vietnamese Catholic newspapers, and the ordination of the first Vietnamese Catholic bishops, had laid the foundations for an independent national church and contributed to the growth of a new culture in Vietnamese Catholic life.

Keywords:   Vatican, reform, Apostolic Delegate, Vietnamese bishops

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