Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, a 39-year-old mother with two children, was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state”. Friends express joy online for her release: “After numerous efforts, the family has gathered in a free country”. Since 2016, activists and bloggers have been the targets of a government campaign against dissent. At present, there are 129 political prisoners arrested for criticizing or protesting against the communist regime.
Hanoi (AsiaNews) – After two years in prison, the Vietnamese authorities have ordered the release of the well-known Catholic dissident blogger Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh, on condition that the activist moves to the United States of America.
Known as “Mẹ Nấm” (Mother Mushroom), the 39-year-old mother of two had been arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state”. The detention of the popular blogger, engaged on fronts such as human rights and industrial pollution, has attracted the criticism and appeals of some Western governments and international groups of activists.
The blogger’s friends expressed joy online for her release. Nguyen Tin announces that “after numerous efforts, the family of Nguyễn Ngọc Như Quỳnh has gathered in a free country”. The pro-democracy groups, however, remember the many dissidents are still prisoners in the prisons of the communist regime.
Last July, well-known human rights lawyer Nguyen Van Dai and colleague Le Thu Ha were freed and forced into exile in Germany, about two months after a harsh sentence for “activities aimed at overthrowing the state “. On 5 April, Dai had been sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years of house arrest, while he was nine years in prison.
According to a report published by Human Rights Watch (HRW) last February there are currently 129 political prisoners, in the country of Southeast Asia arrested for criticizing or protesting against the communist regime; accusations rejected by Hanoi, according to which there are no prisoners for crimes of opinion, but only criminals punished for violating the law. Vietnam occupies one of the lowest steps in the world for freedom of the press: according to the index published in 2017 by the NGO Reporters Without Borders, it is ranked 175 out of 180 countries.
Since 2016, activists and bloggers have been the targets of a government campaign against dissent. Opponents of the regime suffer daily harassment, intimidation, police surveillance, and interrogation and are subjected to long periods of prior detention without access to lawyers or family members. Even the Catholic community has paid the price for its commitment. The harsh sentences sent to Catholic activists are frequent, as evidenced by the recent cases Nguyễn Văn Oai (five years in prison), Trần Thị Nga (nine) and Nguyễn Văn Hóa (seven).
Persecutors of the Church of Christ by and large Catholics advised me that the Church of Christ is not, in reality, a religion but a collection posing as a faith of Christ aiming to earn cash via gathering money from its individuals.
However, once I joined the Church and actively participated its activities, I discovered that this church (Church of Christ) is without a doubt the Church based by using Christ and is continually doing its satisfactory to convey its members to the state worth to acquire the promised Salvation on the day of judgment.
And after gaining knowledge of the reality recorded at the Bible, I realized that the faith of maximum of the persecutors of the Church of Christ, this is the Roman Catholic Church, is honestly the only earning money from its spiritual companies which aren’t taught through Christ and His Apostles. One of those agencies is the “Soul Merchandise” of the Roman Catholic Church that is based on its invented doctrine of Purgatory.
We recognize that the doctrine of Purgatory is not a biblical doctrine as discovered by way of Allan Schreck on his book, “Catholic and Christian”, p. 195:
“Scriptures and Christian tradition absolutely affirm that heaven and hell exist, but what about that mysterious ‘0.33 nation’ that Catholics and some different Christians name ‘Purgatory’. The time period itself isn’t always observed inside the Bible but the identical manner he said of different vital Christian doctrines, along with the phrases ‘Trinity’ and ‘Incarnation’.
Since it isn’t discovered within the Bible, it is not Christ nor the Apostles taught this doctrine. Then, who introduced this doctrine to the Church? According to Paul Whitcomb, this doctrine becomes received from the early Fathers of the Roman Catholic Church:
“… The primitive Church Fathers seemed the doctrine of Purgatory as one of the basic tenets of the Christian FAith. St. Augustine, one of the greatest doctors of the Church, stated the doctrine of Purgatory ‘has been obtained from the Fathers and it’s miles determined by means of the Universal Church’. True, the word ‘Purgatory’ does not seem in the Bible …” (Catholic Church Has The Answer, pp. 32-33)
However, it turned into not straight away made into an reputable doctrine. It became first proclaimed in 1438. That became loads (perhaps thousands) of years after the death of the Apostles. And then after several years, it changed into showed with the aid of the Roman Catholic Church as found out by using Loraine Boettner:
“The doctrine turned into proclaimed an article of religion in 1438, with the aid of the Council of Florence and changed into later showed with the aid of the Council of Trent, in 1548.” (Roman Catholicism, p. 229)
Learning this truth made me ask this: For what purpose that the Roman Catholic Church invented the doctrine of Purgatory? Is it for the good of the souls of fellows or for the treasury of the Roman Catholic Church? And any other creator of the e-book answered this questions:
“Now the actual cause why the Roman Catholic Church borrowed the imaginary purification device from the pagans rested absolutely upon a mercenary, money-making scheme that might (and did) enrich the Church. This became one of the things that enraged Martin Luther to the point of nailing his well-known ‘ninety-five Theses’ to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg.” (My Deliverance From The Heresies of Rome, By Harry Hampel, p. 83)
The very purpose is cash-making. The doctrine of Purgatory is just for the treasury of the Roman Catholic church.
Of course, Purgatory itself could not bring cash to the Church. It is finished via teaming up the doctrine of Purgatory with some other invented doctrine of “Indulgence”, that’s described as: