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Be Faithful To The Principles Of Justice, Equality And Unity

By Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith – Archbishop of Colombo –

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith - Archbishop of Colombo

On 4th February our beloved Motherland, Sri Lanka will be celebrating 65 years of Independence. It is truly a joyful moment for all of us in spite of the many imperfections we still need to overcome, in the march towards the consolidation of that freedom. At this moment we wish to salute all those great leaders of our motherland who struggled together, irrespective of their many differences, to free this country from the shackles of foreign domination.

While we do that we also have the obligation to not only preserve that freedom but also to ensure that it is truly strengthened and consolidated in the years to come. “Be faithful to the principles of justice, equality and unity”. Simply remembering the achievements of the past will have no meaning unless we commit ourselves to ensure that on the one side no foreign power or ideology would ever be allowed to enslave us again and on the other to ensure that we create in this country a truly democratic, just, prosperous, united and peaceful Sri Lanka.

Regrettably, in the past 65 years not everything has been rosy. There indeed have been many dark patches in this historic journey. Racial, religious and political intolerance have caused bloodshed, violence and the creation of a divisive mentality among the people of this country. Even after 30 years of war and misguided political ideologies and their resultant terror events in the North as well as in the South, there still are people who boastfully claim that this country belongs only to them and not to the others. There is still an underlying sense of suspicion between the Sinhala and Tamil races of this country and now it has been shown to spread even against our Muslim brethren. There is a nagging sense of insecurity in the hearts of people, which can erupt once again into violence and yet another unending conflict. Three years after the terrible war, still we do not see a sincere attempt being made to win over the minds and hearts of the people in the North, who are longing for a time in which they can administer their own areas without being centrally controlled by men in uniform. They are longing to enjoy the freedom to administer themselves. The monstrosity of the ill effects of mono-culturalism is haunting us still. Besides there is also a nervous feeling of insecurity stemming from certain political initiatives which seem to threaten the democratic institutions of this country. All of this could lead to yet another wave of instability and the loss of that hard won freedom.

What we need to do is to strive to be faithful to the principles of justice, equality and the respect for unity in diversity as well as commitment to true peace and prosperity for all, without being partial to our own community, whatever that be. These, after all, are the principles which originate from the different religious traditions we profess, for religion is never exclusive but inclusive and is never restrictive but universal.

I therefore, call upon all our beloved citizens to work hard to overcome all divisive and authoritarian and anti democratic urges that often tempt and taunt us and to reach out to everyone in true fraternity in order to consolidate this freedom and to ensure that we never fall back again into slavery and the dominion of others or of our own egoisms. I call upon all our faithful to pray for our dear motherland.

May God bless Sri Lanka!

*Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith – Archbishop of Colombo- Message on the 65th Independence Day of Sri Lanka

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    cardinal ranjith is …

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    ranjith, what have you or mahnaai-aks done in the past 65 years to promote natronal unity, understanding and reconciliation. what sort of cardinal are you. you don’t deserve to remain in this position. i hope the new pope will send you back where you belong. all of you whether catholic or buddhist , you are just trouble makers and nothing else. as a cardinal you never spoke about tamil rights , abductions, disappearences, rape or killings. if you are a true catholic , you should have raised the issues that i have mentioned. but you never did. you decided to ignore the above issues just to safe guard your position and to be in the good books of sinhala pariah leaders. you are a sinhala pariah and not a good catholic. how about your mates the so called mahanaai-aks. they are there to promote disunity among all the races.they talhk about some imported mongolian buddha and mongolian buddhism. mongolian buddha is neither a tamil nor sinhalese. he is an alien. you want to protect an alien faith and alien buddha bout you want to destroy the people whao have living side by side with for centuries. what sort of god men are you. all of you whether cardinal or mahanaai-aks are nasty piece of work and just waste of space.

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    Thats more like it Cardinal…. The caption says it all.

    BTW, what is this sudden abdication by the Pope? What was the anticipated meteorite that was to be hurtled his way during this lent?
    It is during Lent that many accusations against Church & Vatican surface.

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    Malcome Ranjith has finally woken up — and said that the minorities are oppressed and the politicians are the evil in the Land of distorted Buddhism — the debacle of Asia– perhaps given his papal aspirations !

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    Wow, what’s going on? Dylan Jayathileke and now the Cardinal have woken from their slumber and their blindness it seems. Well better late than never. Welcome to the real world of which you are supposed to be a shepherd protecting the flock from predators.

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      @Leon Emmanuel
      Dr.Dylan, the Cardinal and a few others may have woken up and are speaking out against the MR regime, but Malinda, Rajpal and David Blocker are still in a deep slumber. There is a Sinhala saying, “You can wake up someone who is asleep, but you can’t wake up someone who pretends to be asleep.”

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    “I therefore, call upon all our beloved citizens to work hard to overcome all divisive and authoritarian and anti democratic urges”

    Your holiness, please address the above to the Rajapaksa regime and not to the people as it is the regime that is trying to divide the people, become authoritarian and anti-democratic.

    Oh! I forgot. You are scared to do that because you might end up dead in a field or a canal. Like Bishop Canagasabey be brave and call Rajapaksa a dictator and a racist.

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      This fraudulent priest who belongs with the Borgias has now “woken up?”
      The only thing that can be said about this cleric whose record of collaboration with the Rajapaksa horde rivals that of his WW II pope who was a buddy of Hitler’s is that he is living up to the (worst) traditions of the Vatican.

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    Our religious beliefs may be different but we must respect the religious leaders. The politicians are laymen and if they act like dictators or engage in looting the national wealth and support the drug dealers and rapists, then they loose their respect but the religious leaders of Sri Lanka whether they are Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Hindu, Muslim or any other religion haven’t done any serious damage to the society at all. There could have been a few isolated incidents as they are also human beings like rapes, thefts, assaults and even killings. For some, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith may have been very supportive of the present regime and now he has realized the dirty games the present regime is doing and for some it could been vice versa. The Cardinal may have supported the present regime then to overcome the most ruthless terrorist group and now he may be attacking the present regime with the idea of correcting them for all the undemocratic things that they are doing for their political survival. If it is so, the Cardinal is supporting the oppressed people which is the correct stand he should take as a leader of a congregation. I fully agree with Piranha’s comment and the Catholic Cardinal too should take a firm stand like the Anglican Bishop and that is my personal view.

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    I remember, in our area another religion had had disagreements among two sects. Then, different christians in the area got together and had rallies to show solidarity among them.

    When Ireland protestants and Catholics were killing each other for centuries, when christians are conducting the hidden war against muslims in the world they are silent. Again, it is Christians who declared numerous holy wars in Europe.

    Rayappu and many other Tamil missionaries are creating division and supported violence, then where were these voices ?

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    It is easy to preach.

    But who were hiding instead of addressing the global issue of sexual misconducts their bretharns and victimizing thousands of children in the world.

    Why did not they make an open confession so that, everyone can begin healing ?

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    Rt.Rev.Dr.Malcolm Ranjith is a paradox by his own doctrines and his way of life. It’s very sad to see, even traditionally respected Religious leaders of this country feel very comfortable to display a life of a Pharisee.

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    Your Eminence:

    Your own words “Regrettably, in the past 65 years not everything has been rosy” is, Sir, with all respects – a calculated under-statement
    of facts. The country has been through several political volcanic eruptions in the interim. It is time you took a more assertive role like the Very Eminent Cardinal Sin of the Phillipines that changed the equation there. I realise the Phillipines is a pre-dominantly Catholic land and the State is unlikely to unleash violence against Cardinals in that large Catholic country. The engineered barbarity that took place in Avissawella, where the Police, allegedly colluding with tainted businessmen in the town, callously destroyed a Statue of Mother Mary – within a day after it was placed in the presence of a large number of devotees – speaks poorly of the religious pluralism guaranteed in our Constitution. It is time for you to call for more strident action because it is carried out with such impunity and callous disregard to other faiths by deranged mobs openly running riot in the streets – lead by clearly disturbed men. The regime, admittedly, is prisoner to chauvinists who appear to have lost control of their mental equilibrium. From all accounts religious bigotry has raised its ugly head against all minority religions in some form of misguided pseudo-patriotism.

    Senguttuvan

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    People are waking up in Sri Lanka from their slumber. Praise the lord it a miracle in the miracle of Asia.

    LOL

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    I welcome Cardinal Malcolm Ranjits appeal. I hope it reaches the President’s ears, at least through his wife. I however wish to remind the Cardinal that it was his predecessor Cardinal from Sri Lanka, Cardinal Edmund Cooray, who helped transform a large number of Catholic Tamils in the Western coast line into Sinhalese by stopping Tamil media instruction in the schools coming under his purview. This contemptuous action of the Catholic Church led by a man who was more an extremist than a Cardinal, is often forgotten by the Tamils.

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Children of all the Tamils migrated to west are full 100% tamil.

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        What they become in countries they have run to , is a choice that is forced on them. However, what they are made to become in a country that is theirs as much as it is of others, is nauseating.

        Dr. RN

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    Its rather late in the day to publish this – 2 weeks after the 4th.

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    It is crook MARA who tricked the whole world, and now his true being is exposed to the world.

    During the EELAM war MR used all the local communities,religions, races, India, USA, Europe, UN,CW, Japan and all other countries to justify his war against LTTE as a terrorist organization and got all their support to win the war promising that he will implement the 13th amendment, LLRC and give all the freedom to nothern tamil people once the war is over. looking for.

    But now after winning the war,infact of giving freedom to NE tamil people, crook MARA is on land grab, intimidating and impressoning them, while keeping the largest groung forces there and using them to kill journalists,people who are calling for justice while impressoning the innocent students, killing prisoneers,etc,etc,

    While everybody gave a free hand to MARA to kill LTTE members…..MARA in the sly used that freedom to kill over 40,000 innocent tamil people in Nanthikandal similar to Hitler’s holocaust of Jewish people in Germany.

    Power hungry, money greedy MARA did not end there. He along with his brothers still carry on with the Genocide of tamil people still three years after the war.

    I give credit to Anglican Church Bishop Rev.Canagasabey who first criticised MARA injustice and called people to repent for what injustice going on in the country……while Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith kept silent while MARA [Edited out] kept screwing the country and it’s people.

    Only after Avissawella Mother Mary statue was vandalised and burned, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith woke up from deep sleep, and now talking on justice which is too little too late.

    They suspect Avissawella police had a hand on burning that statue.

    Please read the following web.
    http://www.anvermanatunga.com/english/police-involvement-suspected-in-the-burning-of-mother-mary-statue-in-avissawella/

    PLEASE REMEMBER REV.CARDINAL MALCOLM RANJITH……WHILE SEEN INJUSTICE AND STILL BY KEEPING SILENT ABOUT IT……THE SAME INJUSTICE WILL FOLLOW YOU NEXT TIME…….AND AVISAWELLA INCIDENT PROVED IT TRUE.

    First they came after your neighbor and you kept silent…….Now they are at your door step.

    AFTER USING THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY TO WIN THE EELAM WAR AND TO KILL TAMIL FREEDOM FIGHTERS…..NOW MARA IS USING FUC…..IN BODU BALU SENA PIG THUGS GON HARAK SINHALA TERRORIST TALIBAN YELLOW ROBE BAS…..RDS TO INSTIGATE VIOLANCE AGAINST MUSLIM POPULATION.

    TAKE YOUR SIDE NOW TO PROTECT CHRISTIAN POPULATION BECAUSE THEY WILL BE MARA’S NEXT TARGET.

    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FOLKS.

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    Noting Dr Narendran’s comments, it is a sad fact to remind ourselves
    the racial vitriol within even educated society was so infected with the virus, many Christian/Catholic priests during the 1983 period were
    stridently anti-Tamil. I know of a newspaper publisher – a Tamil Catholic – who attended Mass in the Maradana area around that time.
    This fine gentleman, well known and respected in society, walked out of the Service when the Priest in attendance made a communal speech.
    It was good of him to mention and condemn it in our presence later.
    Let us hope these are incidents of a black period of our history that has passed us.

    Senguttuvan

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    It seems that Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, awakens from his slumber each year around February 4th, to say something meaningful. The rest of the year he remains silent, despite the atrocities committed against Sri Lankans. When he speaks, it is usually to parrot, the oft repeated “western conspiracy”. Lets hope that the Cardinal will from now on act on what he has spoken. Lets hope we hear from him more often; speaking out against the oppression of the people, lets hope he disassociates himself from the oppressors and joins the voices who speak out against atrocities. He needs to demonstrate that he obeys Jesus and not Ceasar.

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    Rev.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith,

    Could you please elaborate the following opening sentence you wrote about Sri Lanka 65 years after Independence.

    “It is truly a joyful moment for all of us in spite of the many imperfections we still need to overcome, in the march towards the consolidation of that freedom. At this moment we wish to salute all those great leaders of our motherland who struggled together, irrespective of their many differences, to free this country from the shackles of foreign domination.”

    Rev. Cardinal Ranjith,
    Do you still believe that people truly and joyfully enjoy their true Independence, liberty, justice and freedom 65 years after Independence…….from the shackles of foreign domination….

    In bible it say some have eyes but can’t see…..others have ears but cannot hear…..I wander what category you fall into as inside the church you are not able to see or hear poor and helpless peoples eyes or ears…..as you are more closer to God than people on earth.

    When you drink your first cup of Tea in the morning what is coming into your mind……..Is that cup of tea you drink is another British Colonial Masters to keep you under their shackels and to conspire you and to topple your government…. or do you parise British Colonials for introducing Tea to Sri Lanka where millions of poor people drink it as their only Breakfast Lunch or dinner for the day…….

    Please visit any tea estste or any slum and see what those people have as their only breakfast for the day……..I don’t know if you have ever visited a tea estate or a factory or any single slum or a refugee camp in Sri Lanka….AS YOU ARE TOO BUSY PRAYING INSIDE THE CHURCH PREPARING YOUSELF TO GO TO HEAVEN.

    WHEN WE SEE YOUR TRAVELS,YOUR ENTOURAGE, YOUR DRESS,YOUR CLEANLINESS, YOUR FACE, YOUR TALK, AND THE TYPE OF PEOPLE YOU MOVE WITH THERE IS NOTHING ELSE BUT YOU ARE ALREADY A HEAVENLY FATHER ON EARTH TO YOUR SELF.

    PLEASE KEEP DOING WHAT YOU KNOW BEST…..AND WE PEOPLE WILL TAKE CARE OF OUR NEEDY, HELPLESS, WOUNDED,VOICELESS, BLIND, DUMB AND PROSECUTED FRIENDS.

    PLEASE SEEK YOUR OWN SALVATION AND YOUR BOTH WORDLY HEAVEN AND HEAVENLY HEAVEN.

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    Rev.Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith,

    You still believe that we had Great Leaders in Sri Lanka who struggled together to Joyfully celebrate Independence 65 years after Independence and to consolidate Freedom from the shackles of foreign domination…….

    Could you explain which great leader who struggled together taking over to rule our country From British 65 years after Independence to bring Joy and freedom from Shackles of Foreign domination……..other than brought misery, death, starvation, communal, race and religious unrest, supression of free speach, prosecution arrest and murder of journalists, human right activists and people who were looking for justice, Stealing peoples money, wealth and dignity,sending poor and helpless people to Middle east to work as slave labour, killing helpless prisoners, frauduently winning every election, Jailing army commander who liberated out country, mass murdering over 40,000 innocent unarmed tamil civilians, brutally supressing four peoples uprisings by murdering over 400,000 people who were looking for justice and rights while allowing Buddhist rasist monks to dominate, suppress and intimidate other religious priests and their devotees etc…etc…

    Don’t you see present day Sri Lanka to the Crusaders…….when many people consume the British introduced cup of tea as the only breakfast still 65 years after Independence it is the Cup of tea that bring in Billions of foreign exchange Dollars into the country today.

    Therefore could you explain from whose shackles we citizen got rid of….

    If a Godly person like you talk about the freedom, Joy, Great leaders and Shackles……65 years after independence …….I wonder anything that is left for us people to talk about after Independence……

    We hope you know about the 9th Commandment.

    Eva Balava………….Herda Shaksthiyata anuwa………….

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    Cardinal You are for yourself but not for the people.You have also became a Religious Politician.You betrayed Tamil Catholics.

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      What u expect just another sinhala…hope a pope dream, such a fool..live in his own world. dear malcom cardinal forget your pope dream never ever going to happen..u dont deserve it and never going to happen.

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    May god curse Sri Lanka and its genocodial Sinhala Nazis!

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    Cardenal you must read Ma Hinder Chindanaya and preach it

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    If Sri Lankan Catholic church look for a reason why the numbers are dwindling answer is Ranjith Malcolm.

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