Skip to comments.U.S. cardinal arranged Vietnam meeting [Cdl. Bernard Law / Pres. Nguyen Minh Triet]
Posted on 09/28/2011 12:21:48 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
VATICAN CITY - U.S. Cardinal Bernard F. Law helped finalize plans for the first ever meeting of a president of communist Vietnam with a pope, according to a U.S. government cable appearing on the WikiLeaks web site.
Law visited Vietnams capital, Hanoi, in 2009 to meet with government officials and discuss bilateral relations between the Vatican and Vietnam, the cable said. It took a visit to Vietnam last week by American Cardinal Bernard Law to finalize arrangements to allow the visit (of Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet) to go forward, said the cable dated Dec. 4, 2009, released on the WikiLeaks web site Aug. 30.
During a meeting with a top-level staff member of the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican, Law said the Vietnamese expressed little interest in formal diplomatic relations, but considerable interest in ensuring the already announced visit would go forward.
Law had been involved in Vietnamese issues for decades. In 1991, he led the first high-level U.S. Catholic Church group to visit Vietnam at the invitation of the Vietnamese government since 1975.
....Law had been involved in Vietnamese issues for decades. In 1991, he led the first high-level U.S. Catholic Church group to visit Vietnam at the invitation of the Vietnamese government since 1975.
I can´t see a downside to this.
It appears to have been a political effort, i.e. attempting to establishing diplomatic relations between countries. If Nixon can go to China, I see no reason why Law can't go to Vietnam!