24 November, 2020

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CSM Surprised Catholic Bishops Conference’s Silence Over Govt Derogatory Comments Against Bishop Rayappu

The Christian Solidarity Movement has expressed their surprise over the silence observed by the Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka over the derogatory remarks that are being made against Mannar Bishop Rev. Rayappu Joseph blessing the common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Rayappu Joseph, Catholic Bishop of MannarThe CSM releasing a media statement over the remarks that have been made by certain leading government Ministers as well as in state media over Sirisena meeting Bishop Joseph on December 30 to seek his blessings, has pointed out that when President Rajapaksa too approached the same Bishop for the same purpose no issue was raised and neither have any remarks being made branding him as the ‘Tiger Leader’ or the ‘Tiger Bishop’.

While expressing their concern over the verbal attacks that have been launched by the politicians, the CSM has called for a clarification on whether the views expressed by such politicians is reflective of the government’s point of view.

Furthermore the CSM has pointed out that these comments are an indication of the abysmal depths that the local politics have fallen into due to the entry of undisciplined and uneducated persons entering politics.

The CSM has also urged the Bishops Conference to raise the issue at the national level and to stand by their fellow brother Bishop who has been the ‘voice of the voiceless’ for the people of Mannar as well as the whole of Sri Lanka.

We publish below the letter in full;

Derogatory remarks made about Bishop Rayappu Joseph of Mannar diocese.

Common opposition candidate Mr. Maithripala Sirisena on an election campaign to the north met the Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph on 30 December and sought his blessings in view of the January 08 presidential poll. This event was then used in the government electronic media as an advertisement in a very uncouth manner, throwing derogatory comments about Rt. Rev. Rayappu Joseph that it was from the ‘Tiger Leader’ that the common candidate Mr. Maithripala Sirisena received blessings for the forthcoming presidential election.

However, a few days later the President Rajapaksha too approached the same Bishop for the same purpose but there was no such a remark made by anyone about a ‘tiger bishop’ blessing the incumbent President.

We, Christians and concerned people, are disturbed and perturbed over Bishop of Mannar being the object of a verbal attack of a personal nature launched by the politicians with self interest at this crucial juncture of our history. A clarification is now needed whether the views expressed by such politicians is reflective of the Government’s point of view.

We call on politicians to stop the harassment of Bishop Rayappu immediately. Unlike the most politicians who have served themselves than their people, Bishop Rayappu Joseph has fostered common good, the spirit of humanism and human rights. We like to reiterate that Bishop Joseph has looked after his flock – not just Catholic Christians, but Christians of all denominations, non-Christians, and others. He is not only the leader of the Catholic diocese in Mannar, but a humanitarian, who had stood for the rights of all Sri Lankans.

Making such vulgar accusations on a religious leader merely to gain political mileage is very unethical. It is an indication as to what an abysmal depth our politics have fallen into, due to the entry of the undisciplined and uneducated persons into politics.

We as the CSM condemn the uncouth and unethical remarks about Bishop Rayappu, made by one of the leading government ministers once again at the final rally held at Kesbewa in support of the incumbent President.

At the same time we are surprised to note the silence observed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Sri Lanka on this matter. We urge the Bishops’ conference, to raise this issue at the national level and to stand by their fellow brother bishop who had been the ‘voice of the voiceless’ people of Mannar and in the whole island of Sri Lanka.

Christian Solidarity Movement – 281, Deans Road, Maradana

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    All this is because we have a ‘Cardinal’ who is a politician aligned to the UPFA. This Cardinal has put the Vatican under great strain to bring the Pope to Sri Lanka to falsely portray Mahinda Rajapakse’s popularity with the Christians especially the Catholics and vise-versa.. In truth the Christians are second class citizens in SL and live in fear as their churches have been destroyed island-wide and faithful attacked whilst the Cardinal suckles the President.

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      The charge that is levelled against Cardinal – Archbishop of Colombo was levelled at the Cardinal – Archbishop of Buenos Aires at that time, namely Cardinal Bergollio, now Pope Francis. Each leader or local leader would use the best possible methods in his mind in leading the flock. Don’t forget that in the case of that particular Nun who was arrested and remanded, he took a tough stand. It appears to me that some so called catholics are dissapointed because Cardinal Ranjith has not done enough to prevent the visit of the Pope to this island. If one calls himself a Catholic the first thing to remember is that the decision of the Pope is final. Come what may His Holiness is visiting this island whoever the President or Government is and make Joseph Vaz a Saint.

      It is unfortunate that Bishop Rayappu is at the receiving end of warring parties. Any Catholic who becomes a Bishop has the strength and the courage to face challenges in his own right. Therefore Cardinal Ranjith should not be dragged in for these unfortunate event. Any observer is likely to point out that while Bishop Rayappu at the receiving end of Non-Catholics, Cardinal Ranjith is at the receiving end of some Catholics.

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        Malcolm Ranjith never took a tough stand when the innocent nuns of Missionaries of Charity were arrested by the Police and Child protection Bureau headed by Anoma Dissanayake. After one whole week and due to instigation by the Vatican, did Malcolm Ranjith intervene and a few days later the nuns were released without any charges. Again due to pressure from the Vatican, he agreed not to participate in any state functions where anyone of the ruling class politicians attended. This lasted only two weeks, after which he was seen very much in the company of the same. This guy is a shameless shill, using his position for ulterior gains. It is a known fact, many of his relatives have obtained choice positions through this regime including some in the foreign ministry. Bishop Rayappu has been at the receiving end by the Sinhalese and even Rajapakse for the simple reason that he is a Tamil condemning the inhuman behavior, thuggery, injustice that he encounters to the population around him by State Armed forces with impunity and arrogance with full knowledge of the highest. Such statements need to come from Malcolm Ranjith but that is not so. Malcolm Ranjith has not made any comments with regard to the recent derogatory comments to Bishop Rayappu as usual, while he will make it only when forced or cornered similar to the incident with the nuns. He is simply a shame to the Catholics and the Catholics of Sri Lanka.

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          Hear, Hear.

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        Malcolm Ranjith and the Catholic Church plays with fire. Postponing the inevitable fate that will befall his flock. Just like the Christians, Muslims and Tamils received in plentiful.

        Cardinal Bergollio, now Pope Francis is a voice for the voiceless, he was then the unofficial leader of the opposition. Malcolm Ranjith is the voice, for the voice.

        Malcolm Ranjith jumped on the Nun’s issue only when he was laughed at by the Catholic community at large for his utter passiveness.

        He tells the Tamil Bishops not to raise Human Rights Issues. He did nothing when Catholic Priests in the North Disappeared.

        He is well looked after by the state. His niece has had two postings in the foreign service and she is not from the FS. She is now based in Paris.

        Malcolm Ranjith is useless. He too must be praying that the presidency Changes, no ?

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        The newly elected Mithri Govt.should appoint an audit to find the wealth Malcom Ranjith accumulated during the MR’s Govt. including the luxury car and his niece’s DPL appointment

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      Cardinal Ranjith is one of the prime cause why the Catholics are joining the new Christian churches in Sri Lanka. But then again all his rhetoric Pope Francis was silent & invisible during Argentina’s so called Dirty War.

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      RICHARD

      “The Christian Solidarity Movement has expressed their surprise over the silence observed by the Catholic Bishops Conference in Sri Lanka over the derogatory remarks that are being made against Mannar Bishop Rev. Rayappu Joseph blessing the common Opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.”

      According to many Protestants and Lutherans, the pope and his representatives are Representatives of the Devi, Lucifer.

      The Cardinals select the Pope. So the Cardinals must be devils too. That is why the Cardinal supports the Yaka, Mara, Devil Mahinda Rajapaksa.

      The pop[es supported Hitler, Mussolini’s and and many other representatives.

      NEW WORLD ORDER.THE DEVIL IN THE VATICAN!! pt2 The Impostor Pope.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICc4pxx_mDg

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    Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s role is quite questionable in this regard. It’s a pity that Bishops Conference is allowing to use as prostitite of certain sector of political parties.

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    CC Sira has already promised the Vellala TNA full 13 A Plus.

    So Bishop Raiappau’s blessing on Sira would be totally different, even if the President received any.

    But would TNA give Bishops Raiappus flock the same blessings like the ones they bestow on Vellalas?.

    Ms Ananthi missed a seat in the TNA PC, although the majority votes came from Ms Ananthi’s flock.

    Ms Ananthi in fact is not even voting this time let alone endorsing the Vellalas.

    I think this CSM should work towards uplifting the poor Catholics in the North to bring them up to the same level as their Vellala cousins, rather than trying to have a go at the Bishop’s Conference.

    BC has done a marvellous job, to look after the great majority of the Catholic inhabitant population .and protect them from .Tamil Terrorism in particular..

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      Your comments have a different meaning. Maithree has promised nothing. Suddenly how is that you all sympathise with Ananthy ? Is it because she is doing a ‘contract ‘ for benefits of “santhosam”?

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    If anyone was for the support of MR’s campaign, they are classified as good souls whilst if anyone supports Maithree both become tigers instantly. Maithree visited the Bishop of Manner as a good will measure and the Bishop blessed him and similarly MR also had visited him during his campaign trail in the north. Then why should they criticise Bishop Raiappu Joseph? This is the level of some ministers in our country and what good could you expect out of them.
    Very unfortunately, the Archbishop looks very biased for whatever reason only known to him. Now, the envisaged Popes visit on the 13th- 15th is also in doubt in the minds of many catholics though the Bishops Conference/Archdiocese keeps announcing that the popes visit is on. However in a few more days the truth will be known.

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    When we have a Cardinal who seeks the blessings of Rajapakse (to appoint his niece to a diplomatic position although she is not qualified) than the blessings of Christ, what else can we expect.

    Cardinal has been bribed and purchased by Rajapakse. Shameless Cardinal, he should resign. Cardinal has put the life of the Pope and thousands of Sri Lankans and foreigners by inviting Pope to come to Sri Lanka soon after the elections.

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    This bloody lunatic Sumanasekara has a peculiar vocabulary. vellaala..vellaala vellaala! Why the hell he can`t express himself without all this bullshit? Keep your bloody wellaala to yourself and talk of something else if only you can!

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    Oh Christ – what many things are being done in your name.
    Your followers are now politically divided and so are their ‘flocks’.

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    Ever since the Vatican gave powers to Bishops to conduct matters independently and a certain budget to spend these Bishops have run riot.
    Some have engaged in vice business, terrorism ect.,

    Catholic Church in any Country is a Private limited if one did not know.

    Malcom Ranjith keeps his distance from the Northern Clergy as they belong to Tamil Nadu diocesase.
    Further Rayappu never checked his surbordinate EMMANUEL who dstroyed the base of the Catholic faith indulging in Terrorism attempting to gain a peace of land at the expense of the Church Of Jesus Christ teachings.
    It is nowhere better stated than in a novel named “The Beast” avaialable at Godage & sons (pvt) limited, in Colombo.

    Also Rayappu is the thief who whisked away the statue of the Lady of Madhu into the Wanni.

    BTW the Catholic Church was always corrupt and engaged in wars overtly as well as covertly even today.
    catholic Church & the vatican has the blood of innocent on their hands and so are the Tamil Clergy of the North including RAYAPPU.
    Catholic Church can not give life to those youth & children on the North urged to engage in a senseless war.

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    Christian Solidarity Movement, 281, Dean’s Road Maradana need to go directly to Godage & Sons (pvt) Limited and purchased the book “THE BEAST” and take to task Northern Clergy who destroyed the base of of the catholic faith or defend Rayappu and make Velu Baba a saint of the catholic Church in the North along with joseph Vaz when the Pope visits..

    shameless CMS making statements like a Prawn.

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    Please, any good christian, Can you please point me to any article that Rayappu criticizing tigers for their atrocities when LTTE was alive and killing? The I will make up my mind him as a moderate tamil.

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      Rayappu Yousouf worked hand in glove with the racist terrorist outfit, the LTTE. When they were defeated he started the campaign to vilify Sri Lanka by claiming that 140000+ ‘civilians’ were MIA. He also has a knack of ‘translating’ material not in the original, such as claiming that the Pope is visiting Sri Lanka to bless the families of the very same MIA.

      I wonder whether the ‘Christian Solidarity movement’ exists merely to protct such people.

  • 3
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    The Cardinal Malcom Ranjith received so many goodies from the President Mahinda Rajapakse including a DPL post for his Niece. Malcom Ranjith used his power as a cardinal of the Catholic church. The Pope should send this Malcom Ranjith for rehabilitation for the sins he committed

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    Malcolm Ranjith of the Catholic Church has ruined the goodwill of the Christian community by being a political stooge and a racist. I have never seen him one word about or consoled the downtrodden or victimized poor folks. The Pope and the Vatican should kept in perspective of the developments in Sri Lanka.

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      I agree with you Ranjith. Cardinal Malcom is a stooge of Mahinda and a RACIST and his Racist policies sent so many Catholics to embrace other Christian Religions.

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