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Catholics condemn Colombo Bishop's partisan role in the pres

[b]Catholics condemn Colombo Bishop's partisan role in the presidential election [/b]

From our Colombo Correspondent

[b] Colombo, 14 November, (Asiantribune.com); [/b]Bishop Oswald Gomis, the Catholic Archbishop of Colombo, is under fire from members of his own Catholic congregation for running a full-page advertisement in support of his favourite presidential candidate, Ranil Wickrermesinghe. The advertisement titled "Christians Awake!" was sponsored by born-again Lalith Kotelawela, a leading business magnate. It was a veiled attack on the Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, who is the other leading presidential candidate.

From time to time the Church has openly intervened to play politics. Criticizing the partisan role played by Bishop Gomis the congregants state: "We wish to remind his Reverence that Pope Benedict VI has directed the Bishops of the Philippines to be neutral in the dispute that has arisen in the country in relation to the Presidency. We urge the Archbishop to perform the duties of his office in a transparently neutral manner even at this late stage."

The Catholic Church has been accused of playing a partisan role in favoring the right-wing UNP consistently. A leading Catholics told the “Asian Tribune” that the Catholic Church has been in the habit of dragging the name of God in vain to pursue their worldly politics. The Catholic Church is noted for covering up the crime against humanity committed by the LTTE whilst preaching to those in the democratic stream as to how they should conduct their politics. The Tamil-wing of the Catholic Church, in particular, is noted for openly canvassing for the LTTE.

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