The Tablet’s coverage of the Vietnam War reflected the shifting tide of the American public and the Church worldwide.
March 29 is the 50th anniversary of the U.S. military’s departure from Vietnam in 1973. Priests who were children at that time said the subsequent Communist victory two years did not end the Church there, but instead made Catholics more determined to grow their faith.
Catholics served with distinction during the U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War, but not all carried weapons or even served in uniform.
With the emerging folk music boom of the early ’60s, anti-war anthems became a part of the dialogue regarding the conflict in Vietnam.