Bishop of Colombo discredits defamatory claims made by the Buddhist mob that disrupted the meeting for families of disappeared, in reference to one of the Catholic priest.
The Bishop of Colombo, Rev. Dhiloraj R. Canagasabey has criticised claims made by the mob that stormed in and disrupted a meeting that was held earlier this month for the families of the disappeared, in relation to a Catholic priest who was at the meeting.
Issuing a statement on the issue on Monday (18) Rev. Canagasabey has criticised the claims that have been made by the mob in relation to Reven. M. Sathivel – a priest who had attended the meeting held for the families of the disappeared on August 8 and had risen for the occasion when the mob of extremist monks and Rajapaksa regime supporters stormed into the Center for Society and Religion located within the premises of a Catholic church, where the event was being held.
Referring to the specific comments that had been made by individuals who claim to be representing the mob, claiming he is no longer a priest and has been discredited and disowned by his Church, Rev. Canagasabey has stated that as his Bishop he affirms that Rev. Sathivel is a longstanding and credible Priest of the Diocese of Colombo with over 25 years of parish and community work with a justice and peace consciousness.
“In the context in which the incident took place, our priest was Rev. M. Sathivel was among the civil rights leaders who took the initiatives to discuss with this invasive group to leave the premises peacefully,” Rev. Canagasabey has furthermore pointed out in his statement.