Friday, October 15, 2010

Archbishop Paul Ro Ki-nam, Korea's First Native Bishop, Reassessed


"Archbishop Ro worked to sustain the identity of the Korean Church under the pressure of Japanese colonialists," says Augustine Lee Jang-woo of the Research Foundation of Korean Church History — Korean Church reviews ‘pro-Japan collaborator’.

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Blogger Peter Kim said...

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Blogger Peter Kim said...

I do not consider Bishop Ro as a malicious collaborator to Imperial Japan. He is different from other collaborators truly active in harming Koreans. I believe that he did his best with good intentions, in the limited situation, to protect Catholic Church and Koreans under Japanese rule. Most Koreans did not expect Korea would get independence near soon. And outright resistance meant no religious freedom and harsh persecution, which was hard for the responsible bishop to invite. I do not think it is right to judge him by his nominal representation of Catholic Church under the rule of Imperial Japan. Cardinal Kim also expressed his strong opposition against accusing Bishop Ro of a "pro-Japanese Collaborator."

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