A letter written to the Pope alleging to be by Minister Mangala Samaraweera criticising and complaining about the Cardinal, bearing the Parliament letterhead, was circulating on social media platforms today.
The letter includes five points and are various allegations made against Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, including his visit to Kandy this week to visit Rathana thera during the protest fast.
Acting promptly against the misinformation campaign, Mangala debunked the document and dismissed any association with it.
The fake letter accuses the Cardinal of holding anti-Muslim sentiments and for holding anti-American sentiments. It also notes, the Cardinal, by stating Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist country without any evidence or facts, “challenges the belief of the Catholic church that the whole world belongs to God.”
The fake letter written to the Pope comes just days after Mangala openly criticised the Cardinal for visiting Rathana thera who launched a protest fast demanding, the President fire three Muslim politicians due to their alleged implication in Easter bombings.
Criticising the visit, Mangala published the following tweet:
#Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith fanning the flames of hatred and communalism by visiting fasting robed MP Rathana. #Vatican TAKE NOTE! @Pontifex @VaticanNews #lka
This contentious statement comes a few weeks after he made a speech, which the maistream media misconstrued as claiming Sri Lanka is not a Sinhala Buddhist country, when his statement in entirety stated Sri Lanka offers equal status to all religions and communities.