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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 911

The Catholic Church in North is in League with the Devil and seems to had made a pact with Prabakaran?

Los Angeles, 09 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Catholics living outside Sri Lanka are beginning to question the failed spiritual leadership of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. As they are able to see through the evil design of the Catholic Bishops and Fathers in the North as well as in the country in general has begun to question their role.

In a letter written by Stephen Long, who is an American businessman, screen writer, published novelist, and film producer and who has visited Sri Lanka, loves it dearly, and cares about our country finding a lasting peace has posed a serious questions.

Stephen Long has questioned the action of the Catholic Churh as follows:

* The Catholic Church in the north of Sri Lanka should seriously re-think its role in the civil conflict, and decide once and for all which side it’s actually on the side of Jesus Christ and his peace – or the side of Prabhakaran and his murderous terrorists. “

* In addition, the Tamil people under the influence of the LTTE should wake up and realize the way they are blatantly being used by the Bishop of Mannar; they should see how they are pawns in his apparent and dubious schemes of further eroding the Buddhist presence on the island.”

* Shame on you, Bishop Joseph! You have put yourselves under a microscope for unnecessary scrutiny by both your parishioners and your Government, and you are giving the people under your influence a just cause to question their faith.

* Declaring protective motives, they moved the sacred statue of the Virgin Mary from the shrine at Madhu to the church at Thevanpitti, which is in the LTTE zone. They chose to move it to Thevanpitti this site rather than someplace in an area already cleared by the Government forces, and by doing so they have made the statue a symbol and rallying point for the LTTE.

* You are also bringing back the Dark Ages of the Inquisition by inappropriately – and dangerously – tacitly condoning the mixing of religion with violence. As we say here in America, when are you going to learn how to “walk your talk?”

Here is the full text of the letter:

April 8, 2008

Gentlemen:

When the Portuguese conquered Sri Lanka in 1505 they brought with them priests to convert the local populace to Catholic Christianity. By doing so Portugal adopted the same model it and Spain had used in all of its imperialist exploits throughout the world – including those in North and South America, Africa, and other parts of Asia. An essential element of this model is using the Catholic priests not only for converting the people, but subsequently as political tools for controlling and dominating the people on behalf of the colonial power they represented. Sri Lanka, in this regard, is a classic example of this aggressive, duplicitous policy of empire.

The Catholic Bishop of Mannar seems to be using this colonial model once again to control the people of the LTTE-occupied areas of the north. Declaring protective motives, they moved the sacred statue of the Virgin Mary from the shrine at Madhu to the church at Thevanpitti, which is in the LTTE zone. They chose to move it to this site rather than someplace in an area already cleared by the Government forces, and by doing so they have made the statue a symbol and rallying point for the LTTE.

In my opinion this puts the Catholic Fathers in the position of using their “spiritual” influence on the people in a political manner, which clearly indicates what side of the fence they truly sit on in terms of the civil war. The Catholic Archbishop of Sri Lanka, if he really is opposed to the nefarious activities of the LTTE, should strongly object to such a maneuver; but he has not done so. This non-action makes me wonder what his true aims and objectives are in the on-going civil struggle, and casts doubts on his “spiritual” leadership.

Taking this unfortunate scenario into account, and adding to it the ridiculous statement made by Father Emmanuel (which compared the terrorist leader, Prabhakaran, to Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace), and you have a de-facto Church policy that supports terrorism in Sri Lanka. (The controversial statement was carried in a newspaper interview by a journalist from the “INDEPENDENT,” a national British newspaper published in the UK sometime ago after an interview with the Roman Catholic Father Emmanuel in Jaffna.) The Bishop of Mannar has so far not denounced this blasphemous statement made by his subordinate, which is offensive to me and all other peace-loving peoples of the world – regardless of religion. By the Bishop’s silence, he has in effect given Father Emmanuel’s statement his tacit agreement.

Has the Bishop of Mannar completely lost his mind? Doesn’t he realize how his actions will affect devout Catholics throughout all of Sri Lanka? Can’t he see how they will now wonder who actually owns the revered statue – the people, the Church, the Government, or the LTTE terrorists? And doesn’t Bishop Joseph see the mental, spiritual, and emotional conflict such mixed messages present to his faithful Catholic parishioners? What about those innocent souls who strive all their lives to practice the love and compassion of their Teacher, Jesus – who is now being compared to a blood-thirsty terrorist? And by an ordained priest, no less!

There has been an on-going war on Buddhism and so-called “Buddhist countries” for decades. All one has to do is cursorily examine how the civil conflicts in Korea, Vietnam, China, Tibet, Cambodia, and Burma undermined, with disastrous negative side effects, and adversely affected the most peaceful religion on earth and the people who practiced it. Catholic imperialists sought to eradicate Buddhism and Buddhists beginning in the 16th century under the guise of doing good works for the people and saving their souls (even though they had not been asked to save them). And for hundreds of hears during their colonial periods they also attempted to extinguish Islam and the religions of indigenous peoples in their other non-Buddhist colonies throughout the world. They stopped at nothing – including genocide – in their efforts to convert the “heathens” they found in the lands they took over by military force. This was a necessary part of their plan if they were to subjugate and thoroughly exploit their colonies, which was also the case in Sri Lanka.

The Catholic Church in the north of Sri Lanka should seriously re-think its role in the civil conflict, and decide once and for all which side it’s actually on: the side of Jesus Christ and his peace – or the side of Prabhakaran and his murderous terrorists. In addition, the Tamil people under the influence of the LTTE should wake up and realize the way they are blatantly being used by the Bishop of Mannar; they should see how they are pawns in his apparent and dubious schemes of further eroding the Buddhist presence on the island.

The old phrase, “in league with the devil” certainly seems appropriate here, and the Catholic Church in the North seems to have made its pact. It is obvious to me that belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ has nothing at all to do with any of this nonsense, and the Catholic Church should keep Him out of it. I was born and raised in the Christian faith, and I know quite well what Jesus preached on the subject of earthly political affairs.

Shame on you, Bishop Joseph! You have put yourselves under a microscope for unnecessary scrutiny by both your parishioners and your Government, and you are giving the people under your influence a just cause to question their faith. You are also bringing back the Dark Ages of the Inquisition by inappropriately – and dangerously – tacitly condoning the mixing of religion with violence. As we say here in America, when are you going to learn how to “walk your talk?”

Respectfully,
Stephen Long
Los Angeles

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