24 August, 2019

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The Church Of Ceylon – Unethically Chasing A Dream To Be A Province

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Anglican Structure

The Anglican Communion consists of several national sister Provinces, each made of 4 or more dioceses. We were a single diocese – under the Church of India, Burma, Pakistan, and Ceylon. With independence, we broke into Provinces (Church of Burma, Church of Pakistan and India into South- and North-Indian Churches). Unfortunately, the Church of Ceylon, CoC, had only one diocese – the Diocese of Colombo – and remained under Canterbury. After Kurunegala broke off from Colombo, we had two but still short. Over time, circumstances allowed places like Hong Kong to be an Anglican Province without 4 dioceses. That opened up opportunities for CoC to apply. It seems that with one more diocese, we can be a province. 

Arguments For:

The arguments for being a province are: 

1. Administrative efficiency – with more bishops, more parishes can have episcopal visits and the Church’s mission advanced (a good reason); 

2. Not being under a foreign Archbishop at Canterbury (as if it matters to our imported Church); 

3. We will have our own Primate representing us at the Anglican Consultative Council (but we still are there on invitation). 

The Colombo Diocese has pushed hard for another Diocese but the resistance has grown within a skeptic laity, as well as clergy.

Arguments Against:

Opposition is rooted in the often cited numbers that the Church, which at independence had over 100,000 members, has dropped below 25,000. Far more serious are the objections over diminished faith within the church, besides the extra cost of a Bishop. What is the mission of the Church when priests deny the faith, as when they:

1. Follow the practice of Bishop Kenneth Fernando (BKF) to wish “May he attain Nibbana” when Buddhists die, calling into question the Church’s teachings on resurrection; 

2. Commit sacrilege – as Christ Church Dehiwela priests praying to the Buddha and singing Hari Krishna songs; 

3. Commit adultery –we reward adulterers with promotions to canonship, archdeaconship, or scholarships (abroad to take the heat off).

4. Deny episcopal governance as shown by Christ’s and the early Church’s example – one priest left the church to work as a Congregationalist in Canada, returned amidst accusations of being ousted for adultery and breaking up the host Parish under Fr. Isaak Selvaratnam by taking away the English-speaking part of his congregation, and is now returned a faithful practitioner of episcopal governance and even made a canon of the cathedral. The same priest’s reputation is infamous after his posting to Lockgate, where the wardens “locked the church gates” and disappeared. A university chaplain’s congregation dropped to two and the carpenter complained that he was asked for a bill for Rs. 600, although his work only cost Rs. 300.

5. Conceal allegations of child-abuse and sexual-harassment – when a CMS Priest-Principal was accused by a teacher of making homosexual advances and child-abuse, the allegations were dismissed by most in authority who said “I have known him for years.” After Bishop Dhilo, to his credit, ordered an inquiry, the priest retired as principal but is still a priest. With the inquiry report suppressed, people ask if their children are safe.

6. Ignore that being under a European Primate means importing European sexuality. As same-sex marriage would force Canterbury, an Established English-government Church, to accept their government’s decision to allow same-sex unions, our Primate would have little choice to disallow it, changing our theology of marriage from a covenant relationship ordained by God, to a contract between two same-sex adults.

There is no mission for this church unless our faith is asserted and faithless priests dismissed. For the first time, Bishop Dhilo has dismissed some priests (who have held on to their quarters showing what rotters some priests are).

Our Priests play their ritual part in CoC – forgiving sins (although their cynicism strips it of meaning), consecrating the Eucharist, baptizing, and blessing us – like actors. Their faith, sacrilege, thieving, and womanizing are irrelevant as in our misguided theology consecration indelibly marks clergy as Christ’s own. They should be sacked and our Lord freed of their burden.

Empowering the Faithless

Priests are either faithful or faithless. The latter usually have good skills, like writing and English-fluency, and are needed for the Church. People of the world, who know how to manage and invest funds, have been moved in and paid high salaries like never before. So they fly high.  

A good example is Sam Ponniah the Archdeacon of Jaffna. Ponniah has a sharp sense for justice and received promotion to his office ahead of senior men, despite past problems. Additionally, he is Manager of St. John’s College and Acting Principal. He cannot be his own manager but is. Without a recognized degree, he cannot be principal but is. In turn, he pushes for a new diocese even denying its opposition in Jaffna, even saying “Jaffna people are only good at shooting others.”  Others like Registrar Chanaka de Silva chime with him “You were not present at the meeting,” although I was at one meeting where opposition was staunch, and we know the Nazis killed Jews despite not being there. 

As Saint Thomas More asked when Richie Rich bore false witness against More to become Attorney General of Wales, “Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for Wales? Should we ask “To be Bishop in a failing Church?”

Dishonest Democracy

The heart of the problem seems lack of democracy within a church that is vociferous about national democracy. It is said that the priests pushing for another diocese want to be Bishops. Unfairly, they say Bishop Dhilo Canagasabey wants to be Archbishop as his 10-year term as diocesan bishop ends in 2020.

Starting bottom-up, an un-sanctimonious priest and leading Colombo women were sent to the rural deaneries to canvass support for another diocese. No group wanted another diocese. 

We are already short of priests, ordaining and retaining unsuitable men from the bottom of the barrel. How would we staff the new diocese? A woman sent to Jaffna to drum up support for a new diocese and who schooled in Tamil, spoke in English and asked for a translator claiming not to know Tamil. That is how out-of-touch Anglican leaders are.

When the exercise failed, a resolution was moved in the 2018 Diocesan Council trying to drum-up support for a diocese. As the majority spoke negatively, the resolution was withdrawn to avoid defeat and uphold the mirage of a new diocese as popular. The seconder, Romesh Schafter, claims they withdrew because Kurunegala had passed something similar. If true, why propose it and waste our time?

Bishop Kenneth Fernando

Suspending Standing orders, BKF, who is not a member of the Council, was then brought in to convince us. In addition to “Arguments for” above, he made the claim: “A Bishop doesn’t need a big cathedral and big house and luxuries. This comes from the colonial times.”

I pointed out this out as untruthful because Bishop Rollo Campbell, a non-national Bishop of Colombo, led a simple life in a simple house near STC-Prep with cheap straw-shutters, unlike BKF, and walked to the General Hospital to visit patients. Before I could finish, Shafter and the Registrar (who cacophonously shut down any dissent through objections like vicious guard dogs) moved a motion that I be ejected from Chambers, untruthfully claiming I called BFK a liar; Bishop Dhilo gracefully ignored it saying BKF had expressed his personal views. 

Bishop Campbell retired and went to England to live on his pension. Conversely, BKF and Bishop Duleep Chickera (BDC), our two liberal bishops in succession who installed faithless priests in powerful office, lived in palaces while in office, had palatial houses put up for their post-retirement, and had millions in church money allocated for personal cars in retirement, while BDC was given Rs.75,000 a month to lease a van. Both visited a car dealer’s recently and picked 5,000,000+/= cars that the diocese would buy for them. Each national Bishop coming with each new diocese, will now have a palace and car for life. What slander on our faithful English bishops!

It is relevant that our first Vice-Chancellor, Sir Ivor Jennings, drove his own old jalopy and walked the 100-yards from his quarters to his office across the street. In contrast, our first national VC, Sir Nicholas Attygalle, succeeding Jennings, ordered a new Mercedes Benz, and recruited a chauffeur to drive him daily to his office 100-yards across. 

Top-Down

In a new twist, the CoC General Assembly at the top is trying again for a new diocese. Resolving, despite 2018-Council rejections, that the CoC “is earnestly desirous of regulating its own affairs” it directs the Diocese of Colombo to initiate an immediate process to examine the needs for the creation of a diocese.  The charade has to stop. Archbishop of Canterbury arrives in August.

Where is Faith?

There is no CoC mission in this milieu. Period. The indication is the Tamil Eucharist of the CoC. The Liturgical Commission of the Church approved the Liturgy in English and put Rev. Joshua Ratnam to translate into Tamil.

The so-called mistakes are in the hundreds and sacrilegious and deliberate. Consistently in “Almighty God,” the word Almighty is gone. So in the Nicene Creed.  So also at the end of the Gloria in Excelsis, where the words 

“For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.”

are removed. As taught, generations of our priests at Pilimatalawa Theological College by Dr. Jayasiri Peiris and Rev. Muthaiyah Selvarajah, to call God Almighty is insulting of Hindus and Buddhists and is unsuitable for Asia. Our Pilimatalawa priests are tainted. Almost like a trick on us, the Trisagion calls God புனிதமும் அல்லாதவா;, that is unholy God. We, in our illiteracy, have been repeating this parrot-like in our services for 9 years. Even the innocuous Fourth Commandment is missing and nobody noticed.

A part of the problem is that some of our clergy suddenly get the call of the Holy Spirit to serve God after failing their GCE O-Levels. Thus, in the Liturgy, the titular word Holy Eucharist, நற்கருணை, is spelt incorrectly with the 2-ring letter na as நற்கருனை. Even the Bishop’s motion is spelt wrongly as பிரேரனை instead of as பிரேரணை 

The Diocesan rulers resisted this resolution on the urgent need to revise the Tamil liturgy. It was finally passed after Shafter and De Silva made changes claiming the mistakes to be translation errors, prevaricating that something so systematic and pervasive was accidental. Surely all the priests at Council-2018 knew it is the teaching of the Church through Pilimatalawa to make God Not-Almighty. They misled the trusting laity. A Committee was appointed and now the Committee’s report has gone back to the impious original translator who rewrote much of the liturgy while claiming to translate it. To Anglicans that he speaks good English and chants well is all that matters. 

The church must not cover-up for dishonest priests who, with cocked guns, are ready to blow our faith out of the water. The Bishop must let a few heads roll if the Church is to survive these faithless careerists, starting with those who gave us a blasphemous liturgy on the pretext of translation. 

Bishop Dhilo should say he wants a diocese if that is his wish, and we may agree out of obedience. If we do not, he must let go. The author is an elected member of the Standing Committee of the CoC (Colombo).

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    Every where the church is like this. That is why Almighty Buddha organised every thing Before Buddha’s parinirvana.
    I know, here some people who could not pass an exam or employment followed theology and became rural priests. They have to develop the church by attracting more people and pay some ransom to the diocese. Once the priests establish his church his only goal is to buy a large house to establish his family.
    I heard in Sri lanka too, the priest comes in a BMW. after the sermon, he leaves just like a business executive.
    Those days, they collected only once.\, now the cost of living is high they pass the pot twice. So, only the very old people tries to reach to the creator. Others are not interested.

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      Hoole is trying to divide the Anglican church and implementing the US project or Weaponizing religion in Sri Lanka.
      By spreading infighting in the Church which did a great job – both Catholics and Anglican – to save Sri Lanka from the US plot to promote Buddhist-Muslim violence after staging the Easter Sunday attacks to cause panic and carnage, in order to set up US military base in Trincomalee, Hoole is also undermining religious amity and co-existance at this very dangerous time as the US pushes for SOFA and US Special Operations Forces (SOF) roam free in the country under ACSA, with FBI doing the Easter Sunday cover up fake investiation regarding the foreign hands in the carnage.

      Hoole is a master of dissention. The US project is to divide religious communities from within and spread intrA religious conflict on the one hand, as well as, inter-religious conflict between Buddism-Islam-Chrstians and Hindus.. USA invests a lot of Funds and Research to commission studies on how to identify links between religious groups in order to destroy them. Hoole seems to be part of this project

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        Well said Professor Hoole, like a true clergyman’s son.

        There are too many widows and orphans in the north and east putting their tear-stained tuppence into the collection sack each Sunday in obedience and love for the other poor. Why are the poor churches taxed by the COC so highly if there is all this money in the church’s coffers to drive around in fancy cars and building palaces for retired officials the likes of which they’re never seen? Impress us with your spirituality not your undeserved worldly possessions.

        Did we not leave the Pope for these exact reasons you have shown?
        What an awful shame to let men who lack honor and personal and financial integrity
        Lead you to our dear Lord who had no place EVEN to lay his head?

        . It is a struggle for poor parishes to pay their annual dues. Cemeteries are overgrown, plaster if not the parish houses are falling.. Children are struggling for supplies and food. At least teach them the correct faith not demonic deviations wearing the cassok.

        Why are retired bishops being given ultra luxury cars when they could not sustain the numbers during their bishopric?- for their ego trips? The cathedral next to BMICH is like the tower of Babel to our eyes. Confusing the faithful. If not for the admission to hi fi schools we will not have even this many Anglicans.

        Poverty, chastity and obedience to God are the virtues of a genuine priest. Let the Bishops show us that. The genuine priests who display holiness are considered by this crowd as game (country).

        Cannot a fundamental rights petition be put on the CoC for the violations of their priestly oaths and virtual robbery of our coffers through indiscriminate spending?

        Save the church.

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          Well said, Frustrated Anglican.
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          Prof. Hoole’s maternal grandfather (Canon Somasunderam) was also a clergyman. It’ll take me a couple of days to come up with a proper response – got to do some thinking! I know this comment is superficial. When I put something more serious on, it’ll be at the bottom of the pile.
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          It’s great of Prof. Hoole to come up with this exposé. I agree with most of what’s been said, not all. There are many issues here that need to be discussed.
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          However, please, readers, digest this: the Anglican Church has no more than 24,000 members, but now wants 3 Bishops (four if you count Daniel Theagarajah who is the Anglican Bishop of Jaffna of the Church of South India.)
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          Yet not all that is Anglican in Jaffna belongs to the Church of South India. St. John’s College, Chundikuli , Jaffna, belongs to the Diocese of Colombo, and that is the school where the Priest-Principal was accused of groping a 30-year-old male teacher – and the teacher objected.

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          PART TWO
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          From what I can assess, Kurunegala now appears to have got a decent Bishop in Keerthisiri Fernando. Why did the previous Bishop have to resign? It was found that he had drawn the pension of his dead mother-in-law for five years. He had got the dying woman’s thumbprint on to twenty “jeevana sahathikas”.
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/bishop-shantha-francis-and-the-diaspora/
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          Bishop Shantha Francis, like the Roman Cardinal Ranjith, was a great supporter of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Why didn’t this story get greater coverage? See the date. The Francis “Tamil Diaspora” statement came just before the Presidential Elections. This resignation story came at the same time as the Joyous Yahaplana victory – which has now sorely disappointed us. I have no time now to locate the Justin Welby statement. Welby unflinchingly faces uncomfortable situations – shall show you later.
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          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/human-rights-is-latest-religion-of-western-nations-cardinal-malcolm-ranjith-a-comment/
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          FA: You are right about this: “If not for the admission to hi-fi schools we will not have even this many Anglicans.” Bishop Dhilo doesn’t know how to control those schools. Solution: have priests, who know nothing of education, heading them. These schools are large enough to have proper Deputy Heads. “None of them do” is not quite right. STC Mt Lavinia has had Sub-Wardens since time immemorial; the wife of the Gurutalawa school is the Vice Principal of Chundikuli Girls’ School, Jaffna.
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          I know that this comment is a bit disorganised; sorry.

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            Sorry. “Disorganised” as I said:
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            That penultimate sentence should have been: “The wife of the Gurutalawa Headmaster, is the Vice Principal of Chundikuli Girls’ School, Jaffna.”
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            So, the Headmaster of STC Gurutalawa (which is in the Uva Province, and a Boarding School) travels every weekend to Jaffna.
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            The Headmaster of the other Uva STC, in Bandarawela, travels more often to England, for a PhD that he’s been working on for seven years, than he attends Executive Meetings of the OBA in Colombo. He possibly visits Colombo at other times, because his wife and daughter live there. As for how to run these schools, these priests know next to nothing. And don’t care – details will follow. Since I know little of Finance and Accounting, I raise no questions on Accounts, but it seems common sense to me that some of these favoured priests are costing the system a mint of money.
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            Most priests are better off than their parishioners, but it is possible that some are managing with difficulty.

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        Several commentators above appear to be the same person commentating using different names – Chundikuli, Good citizen of Chundikuli, Kuppai Meni, Anglican in Faith, Frustrated Anglican, Christopher, Corruption continues, Kak ka hand, Love Lane, Pastor Bottoms Up etc. The views and the manner of expression by this commentator who uses multiple names sounds eerily like Hoole himself.

        Hoole washes dirty linen in public! He is egotistic, spiteful and full of hate. He had earlier insulted Prof Savitri Goonesekere in similar fashion.

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          Ariamalar Niles, You belong to a respected family. Try to stay away from those who wash their dirty linen in public. It only gathers more dirt!

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          Dear Ms. Niles,
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          I can only hope that your candid observations help bring Sinhala_Man down to earth from his grossly misplaced veneration!

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          Dear Ms Ariamalar Niles,
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          My father died in 1963. I remember the respect that he had for a certain Dr D.T. Niles, and how he bought for me some books on Theology written by that worthy. What I’m trying to say is that you possibly belong to a distinguished family, and you are bringing disgrace upon it by writing as you do.
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          A month before my father died, a tall, then awkward-looking boy, joined my class: Michael Rajan Hoole. I used to call him Michael until I found, a few years ago, that nobody called him that – now or in Jaffna. Even his wife, Kirupamalar, had been calling him Rajan from childhood. Never mind all that. When I met him in his Chemmani Road home, about four years ago, we had not seen each other for 43 years.
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          However, our earlier friendship had been very close. It was one of those nice little boarding schools where there were only 15 in a class, and half that number for some subjects. So, we knew each other really well. From our mountain school we later moved to a school by the sea. Since I’d been neglecting my studies following the shock of my father’s death, I stagnated but he entered Peradeniya University as a teenager. I was to follow 15 years later under a special scheme to read English, provided one had satisfied G.A.Q. results. He’s researched the communal events starting in Peradeniya n 1983 – and I have added my observations, on-line. Locate them.
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          I have subsequently got to know Jeevan quite well, as you will realise if you look at my other comments on this very page. He’s very different from Rajan, but as honourable. What he writes is always under his own name.
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          Does anybody know who this Kumar R. is? Beneath my notice.

          .

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              PART ONE
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              I read this trolling comment
              before it was quite rightly “removed by a moderator”. It was saying all sorts of nasty things about me. Why me?.
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              Perhaps because I usually follow the Quaker practice of taking these words seriously:
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              https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+5%3A37&version=KJV
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              Many a Quaker was executed in the 17th Century for refusing to swear upon the Bible. Others because they refused to be conscripted into the Armed Forces. They don’t keep the Sabbath (or for that matter Sunday, or Christmas Day) holy, because according to them “every day must be lived as a Holy Day.”
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              It is unfortunate that most human beings have become too clever to pay heed to simple words like that.
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              The result of all this is that I am a poor man who pays for my internet connection with difficulty. Most others, including Bishop Dhilo, seem to have no difficulty finding funds. Lots of Anglicans, who can hardly feed themselves, pay tithes to the Church.
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              I am not a Quaker, but I have attended more than fifty Quaker meetings. I know that my conduct will never reach such lofty levels. I am a sinner. I eat the putrefying flesh of animals. Of the guys who were in school with me, only one has become a vegan: Michael Richard Ratnarajan Hoole. Jeevan is not such a holy guy either. He’s “lacto-ovo-vegetarian”. Both have pet dogs which are fed fish; else they would steal from neighbours.

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              PART TWO
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              At Quaker Meetings, I have sometimes fallen asleep.
              Not only me. Others as well. Quakers, “Just Christians”, Anglican priests, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Agnostics. It is a bit difficult to sit in silence for one hour, especially for a garrulous fellow like me. Such diverse people can meet because there is no creed. There always is a Bible. Most of the meetings are in homes. One Quaker had a statue of the Buddha, but nobody “worshipped” it. All these meetings have been on Sri Lankan soil.
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              There are rare occasions when the silence has been broken. It was so at the first meeting that I attended in 1968. No, nobody spoke in tongues. Simple words they were, in clear English.
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              Why not in Sinhala or Tamil? Too difficult for me to answer. One has to be a scholar of History, Sociology, Linguistics, etc. We, “ordinary people” cannot explain why our land, “where every prospect pleases” is in such a mess. No, we cannot avoid politics. If Jeevan organises a “Presidential Election” I will cast three Preferences, the First likely for Nagananda. It won’t be a “wasted vote”. The “Third Preference” can be for the more benign of the two Racist Crooks who are likely to be leading according to intelligent forecasters.

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          Ariamalar,
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          You’ve made this ridiculous charge that Jeevan is impersonating various persons. On the contrary, what’s become clear to me is that there are some of you manipulating the red and green thumbs.
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          If you scroll down to my comment addressed to a guy named Mather, a comment which has picked up eleven “dislikes”, you will find that I have given a link to an article that I have written there about the Maldives. From it, you will be able to see my name, and the rather unhandsome visage that Nature has bestowed upon me.
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          More importantly, you will see how much Jeevan did to ensure that there was a fair election in the Maldives. Yet, instead of a word of thanks, he was snubbed for the parliamentary elections held about eight months later. The only reason that I can think of is that the Elections Commissioner of the Maldives who was responsible for the September 2018 Presidential elections was still there in April 2019. All credit to President Ibu Solih for not interfering unnecessarily, and even more to my friend “Anni” Mohamed Nasheed. He is the greater man, but content to play second fiddle for now. An example not just to our own politicians, but also to our communities. Why can’t we, even now accept the status quo and work constructively from that point on? Yes, I think that in a very real sense we are friends although we have met but twice. I don’t have his personal contact details – I work through his website. I know my place.
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          You have allowed yourself to resemble Carol A. Teldena who imagines that just because she had commercial dealings with the Manikku family, I should have mentioned them in this particular article.

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          Ariamalar is correct. “Kuppai meni” who writes here is vintage Jeevan Hoole. Thanks.

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          Ariamalar Niles! – That’s a very astute observation. Hoole has a serious problem and does these things under the cover of being a whistle blower. Dragging very personal stories that are not proven yet and writing speculative accusations like they are facts are his trademark. He may have some valid points of contention, but by making everything personal, he does a disservice to much needed, rational opposition to elected and appointed leaders. His writing is not that of a person who claims all these education and scholarship.

          This article about forming a new CoC province does not need any comments about the Archdeacon of Jaffna or the former principal of St. John’s for example. Unwanted sensational mudslinging just to get his thrills. Not what you expect from a so called academic.

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            Ariamalar Niles, Kumar R., Nerukku Ner, Thamby Aiyah … et al.
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            Sometimes the subtext is much more significant than what is being overtly stated. You guys are very perceptive in pinpointing this ongoing issue with Hoole. He seems to be afflicted with an awful character flaw. He personalizes serious social issues and takes the liberty of attacking individuals on public forums. Basically he’s “calling out” and “public shaming” – and at times even “doxxing” individuals he doesn’t seem to like for some reason or other. He reveals too much personal information, even intimate details, about individuals on the media. Journalistic expose? I doubt because all his media character assassinations – without exception – have a personal angle. As someone pointed out he seems to take delight in washing dirty linen in public. This behaviour is not the mark of an educated, let alone a cultured, person. Rather, this type of petty behaviour is very typical of today’s whacked out teenage internet trolls leading jaded hollow lives. So there are these elements of immaturity and imbalance … … and questions about discretion and judgement. Hoole needs to grow up and realize that we have to show some “Christian charity” even when we are dealing with the “basket of deplorables.” I’m not denying even for a moment that there’s appalling corruption, malpractice and sexual abuse in the Jaffna Anglican institutions and in the Church of Ceylon. The thing is, the end result of Hoole’s self-appointed role as a “social justice warrior” is to reduce these grave matters to the level of personal fights and thereby trivialize the whole thing. He only exacerbates the problem by creating more ill-feeling, malice, hostility and friction. Sometimes I wonder if it is a matter of simple pig-headedness, or a much more serious condition … probably “delusions of reference.”

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      When ven perry caught with the whisky glass in a picture it was tols it has happen so may years back. So no need to take action. But fr mohotty having arrack at home it has been high lighted and given compulsary leave. Banana diocese of colombo. This what dhilos administration.

      Sam ponniah is receiving five salaries
      Manager cum acting peincipal ,archdeacon,cms allowance samaritan pledge and his wifes slary. So he can have 10 million vehicle even,who cares.

      Have living a fucking luxurious life should not undermine others. And he is a bloody booser. We have seen his collegues and friends carrying bottles to his bunglow.

      He and former st johns principal are responsible for missing millions of ruppees deposited to schools project.

      If these fuckers canbribe even the IGP
      Who are we.

      Church has gone to the hands of goons.

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        Lost Sheep

        “Manager”

        Unpaid

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    Is it any surprise that when simple sane people hear of these ungodly rumblings in cloisters they feel moved to abandon what little faith they had and trust that the good Lord will forgive them when the day of judgement comes. One the other hand, who can guarantee there will be anything more once we shuffle off this mortal coil and return to dust and ash?

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      JESUS CAN

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        Christopher
        Question from Christoper Hitchens!

        “If Jesus could heal a blind person he happened to meet, then why not heal blindness?”
        Or did son of God only favored few?

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          My Dear Leonard
          faith has a role in this.
          and also God can choose to heal or not to heal
          I know that it is not fair in human terms
          but you will have to ask God
          why it is like that

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            Can’t ask God who dose not exists can I now? if he dose as you say dose he get pleasure by giving his favors to some and enjoy others suffering. What merciful yet indifferent Deity.
            In that case you better not ask for prayer ask instead preform the Heimlich manoeuvre if you were to choke.

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          Unfortunate. Since arun has been appointed a a secretary doe the province càntabery haa already given a green signal to have a diocese. Hoole may not bring any impact on this.

          Bishop Dhilo is famous in giving diocesan money to his own.he pays in the name of compansation.every year ßpending milllions on courtcaßes and layers fee. Finallly giving some money sttling people.

          The person whom made the allegation about Dhilos homosexual behavior have given 3 million and case withdrawn. If the bishop is like that then just imagine the rest. Clergy are having extramarital affairs with their own . anglican schools only carryvthe name warden st thomas given 1 million monthly inasdition to that have all extra facility. His wife is running a garment factory with in the premises and abusing senior boys.

          How can they remove hoole from Standing com. He has been elected at the council. Dhilo seems to fucked up again.

          Whether we like it not it will happen. Dhilo will be the archbishop and Destroy the anglicanism in ceylon.

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    Professor Hoole, Jesus Himself said that many will be offended, many false prophets will rise up, etc etc. (Math. 24:1 0-13. Paul writes in I Tim. 4: 1-2, “That the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times, some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. speaking lies and hypocricy …….” II Tim. 3:1-7 says that in the last days perilous times will come, for men will be lovers of themselves, etc etc. You may refer Jude: 1: 17-19, II Peter 3:3-4 and II Peter 2: 1-3. The answer is for the REMNANT who have ears to hear, eyes to see to come together to be in prayer for the time is NOW.

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      I note that three have disagreed! Its OK to do s, as we have that liberty. But why? I agree with Professor Hoole, that there is something seriously wrong with the Anglican church (We too are Anglicans). Regretfully, what he says is true to a greater extent BUT I can understand this development as it is prophesied or foretold that there will be a “falling away” of the Church.

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      Kumar
      ‘many false prophets’

      Not many all of them are false, From the old testament to today plethora false Prophets spread all over the planet and modern one are doing very well thank you.
      As long as the christens believe hell actually exists and good chance majority of christens will end up their prophets will prosper and profit.
      Sri Lank is not immune to this phenomena look at the Jerome and Lalith not living the life of poverty now are they unless you say BMW is now poor mans transport not the Donkey.

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      Kumar Soysa,

      These are not the last days, except maybe for archaic religious ideas that should be permanently boxed away in museums, as relics of the worst philosophy has to offer. These are exciting times, as automation tests human intellect to the maximum limits. Historically, it was science, not religion, that uplifted man from his existence of serfdom and illiteracy. Science is based on rationality, not philosophical speculation.

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        Leonard and Lester,

        No, not ALL were false prophets.Jeremiah, Isiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Obadiah, Nahum, etc etc etc were ALL prophets who were not false. Hell and Heaven do exist. You are right that many may end there, and our prayer is that we will be found acceptable to escape that place. I will also not refer to any person by name as it is not God’s desire that any one should perish but all come to repentance.

        I do not know what you mean by saying that religion is archaic. I am not a “religious” person, just a man following the Lord Jesus Christ because He gave His life for me and others.

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          Dear Kumar Soysa,
          .
          You are such a good man that you don’t even know it! How I wish there were millions more of you in this world.
          .
          You are an extremely religious man in the best sense of the word relative to the people who live today. Please don’t bother to respond, there’s no point arguing over this.
          .
          People like me know about religion. I’m more agnostic than anything else. I just don’t know many things. I don’t think that any part of me, mind or soul, or something more mysterious, will survive my physical death. But I have children, and grandchildren, and I hope that they will have happy lives.
          .
          I know little bits of other religions, bits of philosophy, bits of the way our world view is being changed by science. Little bits of religion must be re-thought since we live in a world in which we interact so much more with people whose upbringing is different from ours.
          .
          By now I’m an elderly man, let’s say. Hopefully, I will not be judged to be senile yet. However, the problems confronting the Anglican Church are very real and the fault of those who asserted that they knew everything. Numerically we are negligible, but we are doing immense harm to the millions of others who live in this country.
          .
          I’m very sure that all that you will ever do will benefit our society. May God bless you and the few others like you who still exist.

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    My God – what a mess.

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    I agree with Dr Hoole

    And am thankful for speaking up.

    As Christians we have to stand for our core beliefs.

    We cannot compromise and dilute our beliefs.

    This sort of situation has been clearly documented in the book of Daniel.

    Daniel obeyed God and followed his commands even in an alien culture when He and his friends we living in exile in Babylon.

    And God Blessed him and Israel.

    WE CANNOT EXPECT BLESSINGS BY DOING OUR OWN THING

    And dishonoring God

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      Right on Christopher
      (We cannot compromise and dilute our beliefs)
      You may want to contemplate why is your loving all Powerful compassionate God look over while one million babies die every 24 hours that he created from family of Adam & Eve. Closer to home why did he let christen worshippers to be blown in to pieces in Sri Lanka on holy day.
      I know mother Theresa’s answer it’s good to suffer like Jesus.
      That brings me to next question all powerful Father God couldn’t find a better way to pay the ransom other than let his own son be tortured and die on a cross.
      If some any say this without mentioning the Bible and God, people will laugh and call it grand dilution stand up comedy.
      But its your choosing every one is allowed to believe what they want if one think if you don’t you are going to be burnt in hell for ever according to wishes of Merciful & loving God as written in the book

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        Dear Leonard,

        God did not create human beings to be puppets.
        He gave them the ability to choose for them selves.

        If you look closely at what is happening in the world today most of the problems are created by mankind.

        The problem is in the human heart, however much we try the power of sin dominates us.

        What is sin? – Can we love one another as we love our selves ?

        God came in the form of JESUS a human being who felt the same as us humans.
        Was constrained within a human body. However He was able to love the human kind as himself.

        He demonstrated God,s Love for the human kind by going through all the pain and humiliation and ultimately death for the sake of all human kind.

        And this is where faith comes in.

        If we believe that JESUS died for us and that He is Lord (some one we can trust)
        And also he rose from the dead then from that point onward Christians believe that it is a new beginning in relationship with God.

        For all this to happen we have to understand that we are sinners and sinful by nature and that we need help and that we need JESUS.

        Speaking on behalf of my self I pretty well know what a sinner I am that is why I accepted JESUS.

        And it is GOOD!!!!!

        This mortal body is only a temporary tent for us Christians.

        That is why Christians gladly gave up their lives throughout history and up to this very moment, and we also know very well that this will be so in the future too.

        We believe that there is a life after death, life on earth is not the end.

        of course this will sound real mambo jumbo, I also thought like that in the past.

        What I can say is : taste and see that the Lord is good.

        “God Bless”

        Chris

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    “Consistently in “Almighty God,” the word Almighty is gone.”
    .
    Why is that?

    Soma

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    “A part of the problem is that some of our clergy suddenly get the call of the Holy Spirit to serve God after failing their GCE O-Levels.”
    .
    If it is OK for our parliament why not for the Church?

    Soma

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      Do you mean Namal Baby?

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      somu

      “If it is OK for our parliament why not for the Church?”

      Please educate me on the relation/connection among parliament, education, …. honesty, secularism, …. …

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    A good read from Dr. Hole. We need to be reminded that all religions have their internal peccadillos . What goings-on in a seemingly staid establishment ! I wish the Catholic Cardinal would introduce some of this good stuff instead of ranting about the US allegedly kidnapping the ISIS chief. The trouble with Malcolm is that he can’t distinguish internet fact from fiction. But then all religions deal in a bit of fiction, don’t they ?
    A little quibble : ” The Anglican Communion consists of several national sister Provinces, each made of 4 or more dioceses. We were a single diocese – under the Church of India, Burma, Pakistan, and Ceylon. With independence, we broke into Provinces (Church of Burma, Church of Pakistan and India ” . There was no Pakistan before independence.

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    Prof Hoole:
    I hear you. You have hammered home the point that all these Anglican men of God are in reality just phonies. They are only interested in self-glory and filthy lucre. You have made a good case. Rest assured they will all end up in hell and God will reward you for being such a persistent hellraiser. He has already decreed to put you in charge as their eternal tormentor.

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    While not claiming expertise in the matter of Anglican practice, this contribution has the ring of truth and deserves, if nothing more, closer examination and sane discussion.
    The Anglican Church needs to examine itself closely and the monumental scandal over a recent Bishop of Kurunegala and his involvement with the unbelievable corruption that he participated in at Trinity College should have been a “wake-up call,” but it obviously wasn’t!
    What are we trying to do here? Display our own version of what preceded the Reformation so many centuries ago in Europe?

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      That Kurunegala Priest is not corrupt. Only thing is he did not agree with the LTTE Tamils. I think Tamil protestants tried to fish a Catholic priest and failed.

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      THE CORRUPTION CONTINUES
      My fellow parishioner at the Standing Committee last night confirmed that the Bishop approved Rs. 7 million for a Japanese double cab for each of the 4 archdeacons. But this can go up to Rs. 10 million to accommodate personal preferences!

      We can be sure that the archdeacons will now lose their conscience and vote yes on everything the bishop wants.

      My friend says that appointed members of the standing committee being so overwhelming, there is no point in speaking up on anything. Hoole suggested good cars and was overruled by the bishop saying the roads are not good and will give neck problems. The fact is that the backseat of double cabs is very uncomfortable with little leg room. Others unsuccessfully suggested a van instead

      The Archdeacon of Jaffna asked the Bishop to issue a ban on discussing the discussion outside. If a Rs. 10 million double-cab for him is reasonable he should be able to defend it.

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        What happens to Arch Deacon Sam Ponniah’s current fancy electric car needing some unbelievable sums to replace the battery? Will that become his family car with his wife and children considering Jaffna beneath them to live and school there. Ladies and St. Thomas’ not St. John’s and Chundikuli for the Archdeacon/cum St. John’s’ principal’s family. Is there anything more insulting to Johnians?

        He wants to be acting Principal for St. John’s while looking down on us?

        Bishop Dhilo allows these things. He and Sam Ponniah are officially Sinhalese because their wife and Children are. They have no feelings for the people of the North and East.. Sadly because their names are Tamil fellow Christian’s in the south assume they care about us.
        Why were humble Tamil priests with experience in the North and East not made archdeacon for Jaffna?

        Better a Sinhalese Bishop and Archdeacon than these two.

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    Washing dirty linen in public seems to be the order of the day and Hoole’s project.There is nothing wrong in exposing graft or moral and intellectual corruption. It is good that people do so, but the point is, or should be, to make a clear cut argument regarding what is the BEST course to follow instead of beating about the bush and going round and round it too! Hoole seems to be doing a ‘Koheda yanne, malle pol’ drama here and bringing the Anglican church into Disrepute. But was the Catholic that has saved Sri Lanka from the US project to turn it into a US military base after staging the Easter Sunday carnage.
    Mr. Hoole, bringing the church into disrepute and conflict without showing a way forward when there is a genuine problem is a VERY dangerous game at this time when external parties are weaponizing religious identity politics and dividing religious communities to turn Lanka into a US colony and military base,

    Indeed it was the superb leadership of Cardinel Malcom Ranjith that save Lanka at Easter, with the support of Anglican leaders and continues to guide us despite on-going US attempts to Weaponize religion and cause a Buddhist-Muslim war in Sri Lanka.
    By weaponize religion is meant 1) causing the inter-religious conflicts 2) inter-religous conflicts. Hooles tirade seems to be part of the project to cause intra-religious conflict within the Anglican

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      From my experience as a former standing committee member, Prof. Hoole tries his best to show solutions as well however our leaders are either too busy navel gazing to see the significance of corruption and abuse on the laity (see shrinking numbers) or are involved in some of the affairs themselves and try their best to bury the secrets to cover up their own sins.

      I myself once tried to discuss an issue of my own parish, and was dismissed by a very senior church leader ‘oh that’s okay, everyone falls’.

      Reading the comments it seems Prof. Hoole is not the only one who sees or senses the depth of the need for reform.

      If the attitude of church leaders to people exposing corruption – as Christians shouldn’t we rejoice that the ‘stinking bones in the white washed tombs’ are being cleared? Instead they condemned the one who dared to speak up about it.

      I’m very disappointed.

      I hope the church takes this as a wake up call for reform and a serious reexamination of what the COC is here to do – make a bed of gold on Earth or in heaven.

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      Dodo, you sound like the CoC. Hush hush even if the church is in danger of bankruptcy.

      This text book human rights process is called whistle blowing, alerting when you are being forced into the red. Whistle blowing is a modern concept where transparency is nil. The whistle blower knows and accepts the associated risk to him for whistleblowing. In this case probably condemnation, with Kenneth there excommunication aimed at sending Professor’s soul to perdition..

      The way forward is to immediately stop this horrendous selfish waste and appointing one more Bishop from the same lot, when the church can’t afford it materially or spiritually.. Plain and simple.

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    Are there any Sinhala inhabitants in this Church?
    From purely a Growth point of view, it must cater to the needs of the great majority who are mainly in the unskilled Labour and Samurdhi Catergory.
    But the Anglicans as I understand are all in the Elite and the Vellala Category..

    Is the UNP Gun Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka a member of this Church?.
    Because he seems to really busy nowadays , accusing other religions of Homosexuality where the Clergy are forced to practice celibacy….

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      If you have any queries about Sinhala/Buddhists please forward them to Albert Malcolm Ranjith Patabendige Don as he now seems to represent Sinhala/Buddhists of this island, perhaps a secret cross dresser.

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        Dear Native,

        What is your gripe with His Highness Dr Malcolm?.

        Haven’t your mates in the UNP and the SLMC , and the Wahabi Parties done enough heart ache , sadness and damage to the Cardinal,s Catholic Community?.
        Do you get sadistic pleasure out of that dastardly act of the Muslims on such a Holy Day for them?..

        BTW can you find out for me , Why your Vellala Mate Abraham also wants the Cardinal to front up to their PSC?..

        Tell me does your Field Marshall have OL?…..

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          “Tell me does your Field Marshall have OL?…..”

          Read below this is what the dumbass Marshall the public racist told Stewart Bell, National Post, Canada on 23 September 2008.

          “The task given to us is to eradicate terrorism … If we have the same commitment one more year, the LTTE’s destination is, I think, decided.”

          In the general’s view, the war is driven by Tamils who want a homeland and have chosen Sri Lanka as the place. But he says the country’s ethnic Sinhalese majority will never allow the ethnic Tamil minority to break the island apart.

          “I strongly believe that this country belongs to the Sinhalese but there are minority communities and we treat them like our people,” he says.

          “We being the majority of the country, 75%, we will never give in and we have the right to protect this country.

          “We are also a strong nation … They can live in this country with us. But they must not try to, under the pretext of being a minority, demand undue things.”

          http://www.nationalpost.com/inside+lanka+part+life+given+over/832374/story.html

          The same war criminal on the eve of Sri Lankan presidential election of 2010 told media if he won the election he would drag the entire clan to the Galle Face Green. Did you ask him why?
          Please don’t tell me this is Buddhist country, people are peace loving, …………. and all the rest of the crap.

          Your mate Trinco Sam supported his candidacy and got his people voted for him.

          It does not make much difference whether one has passed O/L or holding a PhD. Look at G L, Chana Jayasumana, Nalin De Silva, ………………….. Wimal Sangili Karuppan, Dr Mervyn Silva PhD, do you see any qualitative difference among them.
          Since Colombo Uni awarded LLD and DSc to the clan now Gota pose/sit for the camera in front of bookshelf. What a nonsense.

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      Sumanasekara,

      “Are there any Sinhala inhabitants in this Church?”

      Yes

      “From purely a Growth point of view, it must cater to the needs of the great majority who are mainly in the unskilled Labour and Samurdhi Catergory.”

      Yes it should. In the North it is the Evangelicals who manage to convert the poor not Church of Ceylon or JDCSI. JDCSI has been using annually a small amount of money of Jaffna College for what can be described as missionary purposes and most of the boarders are NRC.

      “But the Anglicans as I understand are all in the Elite and the Vellala Category..”

      I doubt it.

      “Is the UNP Gun Minister Ranjan Ramanayaka a member of this Church?.”

      He is RC.

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    100,000 members, have dropped below 25,000!! Church buildings are huge but very few pews are occupied. Cathedral compared to the size and the location is a white elephant. As there is no spiritual food only the rituals and some boring messages more politics, so the exodus to other churches that feed them well. These are like clubs with members. Many clergy bishops children are into mix marriages so they try to teach co-existence and compromise. When the judgment day comes you preachers, clergy, bishops will be judged first ‘for they came for food you did not feed them’.

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    Everyone knows that Rev. Samuel Ponniah serves as Manager and/or Acting Principal of St. John’s College on an interim basis until the a new Principal is appointed. St. John’s has already advertised the Principal’s position and soon, I hope, there will be a new Principal. Why is Prof Hoole making a big issue of what Rev Ponniah doing now? He is not going to cling to that position forever.

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      Ratnajeevan Hoole would like to be the Principal of St John’s College.

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        Did he tell you that or is Mather talking with a twisted tongue?

        Good. St. John’s college would be made into a university as planned.

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        Mather,
        .
        This is nasty nonsense from you. Typical of Sri Lankans.
        .
        Prof. Ratnajeevan Hoole is not perfect. He can be tactless, and unnecessarily abrasive, especially in his comments on Hinduism and caste. There is a thoroughly nasty man who hates him. I can’t remember his pseudonym. Nobody seems to know his identity. That guy remembers that I once called Jeevan “an overgrown schoolboy” and keeps throwing it at me. But Jeevan is absolutely honest. Call him naive, if you want to. I don’t think that you should.
        .
        Prof. Hoole’s academic achievements and his versatility point to a man of much greater I.Q. than any of us. Such people often have a side which is of child-like simplicity. He may even need a bit of counselling, so that he knows to act in such a way that he reaps some deserved benefits.
        .
        The two famous brothers are of very different temperament – but both are altruistic in what they do. See this for the extent to which Jeevan goes unrewarded for good work:
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        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-maldivian-parliamentary-elections-2019-where-a-happy-result-can-be-predicted/
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        I’m sorry that the article is a bit of a hash. The previous sentence to this represents the author critiquing his own writing! Study carefully the comment by “Sad Lankan”. It looks as though its significance has been recognised. Seven likes.
        .
        Typical of what seems repeatedly to happen to Jeevan. His report is embedded in the main article. Click on the first blue “here” which is underlined.
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        Sri Lanka’s future is going to be decided by some elections held this year. It is important that we understand our good fortune in having a man such as Jeevan in the Commission.
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        That work is much more important than being Principal of St John’s College, Mather.

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          In the normal course of things, my comments couldn’t possibly have picked up so many red thumbs up dislikes. Doesn’t this prove the point?
          .
          There are some foolish, short-sighted people who have organised themselves to prevent rational discussion of any subject.
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          I will not make it my business to counter such childish nonsense.

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        Mather,
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        Have you, by any chance been named after this intolerant bigot:
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cotton_Mather
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        This is the sort of thing that they inspired:
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crucible
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        This was written much earlier:
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scarlet_Letter
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        I don’t go along with everything that Prof. Jeevan Hoole says.
        .
        If Bishop Kenneth Fernando says, “May he attain Nibbana” when a person dies, that is not a great problem to me. I can parrot most of the Nicene Creed, but I don’t say that I accept all of it, which is why I prefer the Quakers who have no creed. I’m not going to pick quarrels with those who come up with various dogmas, but they are not of great interest to me.
        .
        My problems are with the casuistry, the manipulations, the ostentatious living, the assumptions of superiority, the contempt shown by so many Anglicans towards the poor, those to me are cause for concern. Yes, this obsession with expensive vehicles worries me.
        .
        I also feel that cultural practices taken over from Sri Lankan culture are a good thing, although in my case, I find inspiration in the art and music of the West. Other practices of Christianity, like X’mas trees have to do more with European pagan beliefs, and what say you to Halloween, celebration of which is spreading. Those are in every sense foreign, commercial interests trying to earn a buck.
        .
        In practice, I know that Prof. Hoole has a very simple lifestyle, and is a kindly man, although he doesn’t gladly suffer knaves. He is a man of the highest integrity. Basically, I’d like serious things to be taken seriously, but having innocent fun is not a problem for me. I hope that Archbishop Justin Welby addresses such issues when he comes.

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        Mather,

        “Ratnajeevan Hoole would like to be the Principal of St John’s College.”

        Does he have the required teaching experience?

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          Dear Chrarles,
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          PART ONE
          .
          You’ve put your finger on a very relevant point.
          .
          I feel that to be a Principal TODAY, one has to have the correct temperament, and some experience of what it is to be in a classroom. The number of years put in doesn’t really matter, but there is a RULE that was introduced in 1983, by Ranil Wickremasinghe, then Minister of Education. I’ll give you all the details during the next two days. The Church has a responsibility to be serious and responsible. Compromises can be arrived at, but there shouldn’t be unnecessary lying and cover-ups.
          .
          The teaching can be at any level, but it is true that a University teacher may have difficulty adjusting to a school. It depends on the individual.
          .
          Jeevan satisfies the legal requirements. I’m sure that he could competently run St. John’s, but he’s now doing more important work as an Elections Commissioner, with Mahinda Deshapriya and Nalin Abeysekera.
          .
          The Anglican Church erred once, but accepted correction gracefully:
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          https://www.lawnet.gov.lk/2000/12/31/eksith-fernando-v-manawadu-and-others-st-thomas-college-cases/
          .
          I’m tired. PART TWO will follow – sometime soon! Was I born to tame thee, Pharisees?

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            Sinhala_Man,

            Thank you for the information. Does the document from 1983 establish requirements for teachers also? It does not appear correct that the daughter and niece of some of the administrators of Jaffna College was appointed to teach English with only A/L qualification. If the vacancy had been advertised persons with better qualifications would have applied.

            “The number of years put in doesn’t really matter, but there is a RULE that was introduced in 1983, by Ranil Wickremasinghe, then Minister of Education.”

            The ad published by St John’s mentions 10 years teaching experience being necessary to become the Principal.

            “I’ll give you all the details during the next two days.”

            Please do. This rule should be sent to the boards of the private schools as a reminder.

            “The Church has a responsibility to be serious and responsible.”

            We should use plural since at least two churches are running schools. I have doubts about the qualifications of the teachers of Chundukuli and St John’s who are not paid by the Ministry of Education. The Church of Ceylon may have employed favorites instead of qualified teachers.

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              PART TWO
              .
              When it finally got applied, it was the lack of ten years’ teaching experience that mattered.
              .
              Bishop Kenneth Fernando got one of his relatives, Eksith Fernando, appointed Warden (that means Principal – in fact it is discussed in the most readable judgement) . He had a University Degree, but no teaching experience at all. I have never met Eksith. He is still living, and said to be a good man, but the Supreme Court held that that was not the point. And they actually refused the Old Boys’ part of the request. They held with Manawadu who was a parent – making the important point that a parent had the right to demand a “qualified teacher”. I fear that you have not read the judgement. I don’t blame you; who has the time for all this.
              .
              But here’s a connection that nobody may yet have made. All this “head-hunting” became necessary because I (yes, Sinhala_Man, whose real name is Panini Edirisinhe) was rejected by a Board that had as its Chairman the saintliest of all Bishops – Jabez Gnanapragasam. He asked me about my baptism and confirmation, about which there was no problem. But I added (unasked!) that my Christian faith was far from perfect.
              .
              I insisted on a subsequent personal interview with Bishop Jabez. We really hit off, the two of us! We agreed on so much, and he said that I was a rare guy, but it was too late. However, Bishop Dhilo refuses to meet me, because I don’t flatter.
              .
              A lay member of the Board found my 1990 answer quite unacceptable. I won’t name him (spoke to him yesterday) because he is now my FRIEND. I have forgiven him. Mind, they wanted me for the Colpetty school, for Gurutalwa, and for Bandarawela (where I was BORN – Birth Certificate has it – because my father was a teacher there). My “life has been bound in shallows and in miseries” as a result. Let me shock you now with something that may seem trivial, but isn’t.

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            Dear Daniel Poor,
            .
            PART ONE
            .
            It’s good to see you being genuinely concerned, but I don’t have all the answers! I can tell you only what I know, and that I’ve been doing as faithfully as possible. What I say ought to indicate to you that a bit of common sense must be applied! One of the problems with local exams – especially English – is that although certificates are issued the possessor doesn’t have the ability to use the language!
            .
            That 1983 Regulation was aimed at one man – Ralph Alles, one of Ranil Wickremasinghe’s own teachers, who had made a great success out of D.S. Senanayake College – a new elite government school. Alles was a handicraft trained teacher of that vintage where everything was done in English. He had no University Degree.
            .
            I have heard two versions of this. 1. Ranil had never liked Alles. 2. Navaloka Mudalali wanted his son admitted to D.S. Senanayake school. Ranil refused to help. Navaloka managed to get it done by Alles alone, then told Ranil, the Minister of Education – “well, I got it done”. Ranil was furious, threw Alles out. Alles was hired as Principal of the Private School, Zahira College, Maradana.
            Please actually look at this:
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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zahira_College,_Colombo
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            The list of Principals is there. Alles is the only person who is given a different designation.
            .
            It looks as though you are not really reading with close attention. That judgement had the regulation embedded in it. Ranil had put two qualifications in, to make this ad hominem regulation acceptable. “Ten years’ teaching experience” – Alles had much more than that! He had no University Degree.
            .

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              PART THREE.
              .
              It is necessary for some checking of work to be done by a peer to make sure that over-all we are working on the right lines. No, not to find faults. What has S. Thomas’ College Bandrawela trying to hide for so long that it won’t allow any transparency?
              .
              In some of the very expensive “International Schools” there now is excellent English, but in the “State-Recognised” schools what we have are “Bi-lingual Streams”. We’ve got to recognise the limitations we work with. The methodology employed is “Content Language Integrated Learning”. Google the Internet and you’ll have plenty of the theory. The World Bank had funded the scheme and they had been getting me to do “Third Party Validation” of the work being done. Make no mistake: Banks need to make profits by giving loans, and they don’t want us to slate the work being done. However, a few friendly chats are insisted on to ensure that the entire scheme has not turned in to a joke.
              .
              I was asked to do some checking in schools specified by the Ministry of Education and the World Bank. In 2016, they included the private S. Thomas’ which also benefits from the State System. I informed the Headmaster by e-mail, attaching scanned copies of letters from the Additional Secretary, of the Ministry of Education. I followed up with a telephone call. I was asked to come three days later.

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                PART FOUR
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                On the day, the Headmaster, Rev. Balraj sent me an sms, saying that I wasn’t welcome. I smelt trouble, met the Zonal Director of Education. He is a man who knows little English, but I liked it that he wasn’t over-awed by the mighty S. Thomas’. He had 110 schools to look after, and this was just one of them, he said. I went along on my humble motor-bike, but well dressed in neutral colours. I was refused admittance. I kept my cool; phoned Isurupaya – the Ministry of Education in Banttaramulla. I spent a whole hour outside the gates, politely making sure that the details of the “incident” were duly impressed on all. Isurupaya suggested the other private school – S. Thomas’, Gurutalawa, and that got done some days later with no problem.
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                There is system and rationale in what happens even in Government Service, but Anglicans are notorious for their snobbery and smugness. This man, Balraj, I had welcomed enthusiastically. One reason, he is fluently trilingual – something that I am not. I had done this monitoring in various other schools the two previous years as well, looked him up in his residence and briefed him on useful insights. What then had happened? The Ides of March had intervened. This article represented my first reaction:
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                https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/belief-in-the-worth-of-teachers-at-s-thomas-colleges/
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                Written quickly, published on CT within 36 hours. This quite simply was cheating.

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                  I’m sorry, a bit got left out!
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                  I have already said that the Headmaster, Rev. Balraj is fluent in three languages. The problem is that he assumes that it is perfect. I’m now descending to depths I haven’t plumbed before, because this is getting intolerable.
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                  He does things, and then informs us on the OBA:

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                PART FIVE
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                “Corea Dormitory is demolished”. Had I written that, my teachers would have been shocked at the tense used: “Corea Dormitory has been demolished.” However, that CLIL Methodology that I have referred to ignores so-called solecisms, since the urgent need is to spread fluency. Accuracy has to follow. With this man, it just won’t.
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                On occasion, we Old Boys are allowed into the school. English Day 2019. The Headmaster told the audience that he had observed the teachers of English. He berated them for not developing speaking skills. They were focussing on getting the children to write. The obvious reasons: with thirty-five in a class, teaching the skills of conversation is obviously difficult. Second: parents assess by looking at exercise books. Third: this was stuff for discussion at staff level. He had no business to criticise before parents.
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                Things can be different, but it probably goes against the Sri Lankan ethos. My almost four year old grand-daughter happily attends the nursery at Ladies’ College, Colombo. The elder, almost six year old cries every day. The teachers all teach. She remembers the eighteen months in an excellent little Montessori in Kuala Lumpur. The teachers did not teach: the children learnt. So many factors involved here. But attitudes matter. Rev. Balraj referred many times to the importance of “the vernacular languages”. “Vernacular” is a word which nobody with sensitivity to the nuances of a language would use today, unless with reference to the how education was imparted in Colonial Times. Too much of its Latin etymology – meaning “of the slaves” – clings to it.

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                  Dear Sinhala-Man,

                  Thank you for all of your comments and information.

                  There is regulation that private schools should follow but as you write it is not enforced. I may be wrong but is enforcement not primarily the task of the Private School Branch of the Ministry of Education? Why did parents and alumni have to file a court case and appeal to higher courts? In addition to the Ministry of Education Pensions’ Department definitely should monitor and if necessary enforce regulation that exists to safe guard financial welfare of the staff of the private schools.

                  As you may know Ranil W. has recently several times talked publicly about having all the teachers without required qualification trained. I assume that he means the Teachers’ Colleges for all the teachers who have A/L as their only qualification.

                  As to the regulations: the one from 1983 orders teachers with only A/L to be qualified in any Teachers’ College as a condition for approval by the Ministry of Education. The most recent Circular about how the teachers with only A/L can be admitted to Teachers’ Colleges states that they must have been approved by Private Branch and be registered by the Provincial Director before being admitted to qualify in a Teachers’ College. Is there not a contradiction or Catch22 there?

                  What I have heard is that the private schools in Jaffna often appoint teachers with only A/L. Many of them obtain an external degree slowly while teaching full time and some obtain no further education.

                  Since the Courts already once ordered one private school to follow regulation it should not be necessary to go to court again to make others schools follow the regulations. This task falls on the Ministry of Education who must know what the educational background of the teachers is.

                  I fail to understand how a school managed to keep an authorized “assessor” out of the school without any consequences.

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                    Dear Daniel Poor,
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                    I’m glad that you are taking what I say seriously, and following up.
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                    While the two of us are looking for responses to each other’s queries, I’m sure that most readers are missing them. So let’s move them right down.

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                  Dear Sinhala-Man,

                  The Circular about the unqualified teachers and Teachers’ Colleges is called:
                  Selection of Teachers to follow Teacher Educational Courses Conducted in Teachers Training Colleges 2018 / 2019 – Ministry of Education

                  Please use a search engine to find it on the home page of the Ministry of Education. The Ministry publishes a relevant Circular annually. The latest actually gives the unqualified teachers a right to be trained regardless of what the employer thinks. I have heard of cases where teachers have not been granted full pay study leave to be trained.

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                    Dear Daniel Poor,
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                    I’m glad to see you doing your homework on this:
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                    http://www.moe.gov.lk/english/images/Services/SLTES/2018/appli_eng.pdf
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                    It is very true that instructions given thus must be followed up by those who are interested. Everybody must start there. That all these aspects of Education work well must be appreciated.
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                    On the other hand, when there is a breach of protocol, nobody is willing to call it out.
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                    It would be good if any fresh comments are placed on page 2 of the comments on this article. Not many are likely to look here.
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                    On the other hand is there any need for me to comment on all this? I could, if you ao desire it, but there is little that I have to interpret for the reader.

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            Dear Daniel Poor,
            .
            I know that I’m giving you too much to read. The average person can’t be expected to read through so much.
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            The simple answer to your question is that by 1983, apart from A. Level passes, it is stated there that teachers should get themselves a Professional Qualification (i.e. should be trained). Yes, there have to be rules. The problem is that they are not enforced.
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            Really, to be a good teacher the one essential should be honest care for the children entrusted to you.
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            When I was recruited by the government for training as a teacher of English, all that I could show were my O. Levels. I hadn’t sat my A. Levels – I was doing Science. Thereafter, I have acquired very many more qualifications. If one is honest about it, does it matter?
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            There are some things about others that I can’t openly say for reasons which you would understand if you knew them. There is a Board of Governors Member of S. Thomas’ who hasn’t gone beyond Grade Eight in school. In other words, he was promoted from Grade Seven to Grade Eight. He’s intelligent, and practical, but the point is, why can’t we have a bit of honesty? I wouldn’t normally have written this paragraph, but I despair of ever getting things put right.
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            Bishop Dhilo knows all this. He now refuses to meet me. Before we start talking religion, we must surely observe plain, simple ethics.

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      Even one day is conflict of interest. Unethical. This is a church. Worse.

      In one day you can write the school over as manager and principal. Who are authorized to sign the cheques now. Did not Gnanaponraj write off many millions to rogues? Money so badly needed.

      Bug issue legally. Small issue for the likes of the Church of Ceylon these days.

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      There is a mix-up in pseudonyms. The posting above to which I respond is not mine.

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        The mix-up may not be the result of deviousness. It is made obvious by the Gravatars being different.
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        I’m glad to hear that Principal vacancies are being advertised. In the South, they no longer advertise. For a long time now we have had no news of how Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls’ School are faring. They are “Private Schools” which receive no funding from the Sri Lankan Government, and charge next to no fees from students. How have they been running?
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        For more than a hundred years they have been generously funded by a small Congregationalist Parish in Boston, US. After requesting better Accounting Procedures for years, they stopped this voluntary funding last year. Apparently, however, the thrifty Jaffna Diocese has been saving up. Now they are using those very funds to fight against the Bostonians, in America, saying that it is compulsory for the Bostonians to restore voluntary funding.
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        It sounds crazy to me in Uva. Could somebody in Jaffna please enlighten me on what’s happening to you poor folk who have suffered enough as it is? This much I know: the Congregationalists are not Anglicans. They still remember 1776, and it is the Episcopalians who correspond to Anglicans elsewhere. The Christian group I most admire are the Quakers:
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        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quakers
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        Incidentally, lying unused for four years in the garage of the Headmaster of STC Bandarawela, is a “Full Option Toyota Hi-Ace Van.” It had been purchased in Kandy without following due procedure. Not long after its purchase, it had been recognised on a trip made to Jaffna. The Police had seized it because it had been stolen from a Jaffna resident. “Through some jugglery” the court case had been transferred to the Bandarawela Courts. The owner had apparently agreed since the van would not be exposed to the elements. But nothing moves.

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          Sinhala Man,
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          ” Apparently, however, the thrifty Jaffna Diocese has been saving up.”
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          Sorry to disappoint you but the Bishop has been selling property lately. He has also arranged considerable funding from Australia and Switzerland. How much money is transferred from Uduvil and Jaffna College to JDCSI is unknown since records of all three parties are secret if they exist at all. However documents presented to Court in Boston reveal that about 5 years ago Jaffna College “contributed” several millions to the church.

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          Sinhala Man,
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          “For a long time now we have had no news of how Jaffna College and Uduvil Girls’ School are faring.
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          True but why? A legal threat from the schools well supported by famous lawyers in Colombo?
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          “They are “Private Schools” which receive no funding from the Sri Lankan Government, and charge next to no fees from students.”
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          Grade one Admission may be about 90k. Lots of money in rural Jaffna where the schools are.
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          “How have they been running?”
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          Because of the court case some documents about Jaffna College are in public domain. The school has had a large deficit during the last 5-6 years. The deficit started years before the Trustees 2017 cut part of the funding demanding change. Despite the deficit millions were borrowed and contributed to the church. The number of students has been sinking and about 1200 are left. This year Grade one admissions fell 40%!
          .
          Since the current “Principal Priest” took over some years ago new non-academic posts of accountant, alumni officer, development officer, director of works, co-coordinator of the Board, office assistant in primary school, human resources director etc have been proposed and created except HR director. These have been filled with friends and family members. Apparently the Principal is totally helpless and needs full time help with duties that belong to him and have during hundreds of years been done by the Principal.

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          Sinhala-Man,

          “I’m glad to hear that Principal vacancies are being advertised.”

          In the beginning of this year the daughter of the Supervisor of the Primary School and Director of Physical Education of Jaffna College started to teach English. Her uncle is the Deputy Principal and her only academic qualification is A/L taken last year. Outsiders never knew of this vacancy. Some weeks ago Jaffna College advertised for an English teacher and received several CVs from qualified applicants. The rights of qualified teachers, students and parents have been violated once again!

          Why do other teachers, parents, alumni and Trustees allow this kind of appointments? Why does Ministry of Education not enforce the regulation that exists regarding what is acceptable qualification of a teacher of a private school?

          It is well known that several of the teachers do not even have A/L as their basic qualification.

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      Who is this Jaffna Citizen defending something so absurd ..
      is it M. Thanja Peiris the president of the CMS board of governors who cannot see the conflict of interest and the problems that can arise; or is it Archdeacon Ponnaiah himself who would have used the bishopd authority to get this for himself

      the St. Johns OBA has been protesting to no avail

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    It seems that Ratnajeevan Hoole doesn’t like Bishop Daniel Thiyagarajah who does a wonderful job.

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      Wonderful job? Are you being sarcastic here? Selling valuable properties and dismantling historically important institutions belonging to the church in an underhand manner is a wonderful job?

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    Some of my friends at today’s standing committee meeting said the bishop was saddened that Jesus Christ would be crying because of what Dr. Hoole wrote and condemned him!

    I wonder if Jesus Christ was not crying before the article

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      Remember. According to the Anglican Church, God is not Almighty any more (at least in Joshua Ratnam’s Tamil translation).

      So God did not know what his church was doing. He lived happily.

      Now Hoole has ruined God’s happiness. Hoole has told ignorant God the real situation.

      So, says Bishop Dhiloraj Canagasabey, Hoole has made God cry.

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    Wee said Dr Hoole. Rev Gnanaponraj is a total failure. He either played or had an active role in someone’s fraud in the Jaffna Christian Union. Reverend Dr Jebaratnam, a Johnnian, fought with him. Unfortunately he died. That ended the matter. Who is Sam Ponniah? He thirsts for power. His appointment as archdeacon is wrong. He too is a runner for next bishopric. JOKE of the century! There is a conflict of interest. Manger becoming acting principal. Dr Hoole is perfectly right. Bishop Canagasabey should respond to this. He cannot play hide and seek. God bless Anglican Church.

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      Rev. Jebaratnam might have challenged corruption at the Jaffna Christian Union. But he was sabotaging a move taken by Mrs Shiranee Mills of Uduvil Girls’ College when she tried to form a parents’ association at the school. Rev. Jebaratnam, whose wife is the Principal of Uduvil GC, was extremely close to Bishop Daniel Thiagarajah of the JDCSI, who is known for his corruption. People like Rev Nesakumar and Rev Jebaratnam from the CoC supported Bishop Thiagarajah. Now Prof Jeevan Hoole also seems to support him. Contrarily, I will commend Bishop Duleep Chickera on his refusal to shake hands with Bishop Thiagarajah.

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        “People like Rev Nesakumar and Rev Jebaratnam from the CoC supported Bishop Thiagarajah. Now Prof Jeevan Hoole also seems to support him. Contrarily, I will commend Bishop Duleep Chickera on his refusal to shake hands with Bishop Thiagarajah.”

        Is this true? Evidence? Or built up on routine handshakes?

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        Why did Shiranee Mills bring Douglas Devananda into Uduvil to stay on as principal and write cheques as the courts determined to fraction breaking off from the Church of South India?

        All in church hierarchy are devious whatever the church. You cannot serve God and mammon at the same time Jesus said.

        That is why Jesus is crying.

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          Do you have any evidence that Mrs Mills wrote cheques to the Church of the American Ceylon Mission? There has been no court determination like that.

          SM was very popular as Principal so DD got involved in the matter. Ask any student of Uduvil how popular she was.

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    The Anglican Church is rooted in Victorian-era morality. That is why in the UK, the churches are largely empty except on special holidays. An organization that cannot adapt liberal values is doomed in today’s age of social media and instant communication.

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    Jeevan,
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    I am not surprised that continue would continue to unintentionally find ingenious ways to self-destruct! Thankfully and hopefully you has permanently moved from your history of challenging Navalar’s wisdoms of his time, wondering how many females Krishna is allowed to touch or contemplating if Raman was monogamous!
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    From Chundukuli’s blabbering, it sure seems Jeevan is again on a presumed self-preservation campaign to get some parking space within the Northern academia, even at the cost of obvious destructive exclusivity-based religious dissension, with plans for a Christian University in the North. That is a diabolical scheme sure to destroy his own community that has already gone through five decades of hell.
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    One last point – Jeevan seems to have a compulsive need to attempt grabbing power by pushing-out authority wherever he goes, but, ends up getting pushed-out himself – Pera, the multiple Universities in the U.S., and again back home in UOJ!
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    God bless!!

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      Mr. Koomar, wherever Mr. Ratnajeevaneevan Hoole writes this fellow writes falsehood about him. Hitler and Tiger propaganda machinery kept writing lies about those they wanted to kill in cold blood in front of their own wife and children all because they feared their pen. Koomar is one such propaganda writer for the Tigers. Absolute lies from the luxury of foreign climes.

      ‘Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land! Whose heart hath ne’er within him burn’d, As home his footsteps he hath turn’d From wandering on a foreign strand!’You are a man with soul so dead…

      God appoints people to places and times. The strong return to their appointed places. The unworthy pontificate from foreign climes. I thank Prof. Hoole for coming back to the university system over and over when the danger of the Tigers and Doug. Devanananda passed. To say a man of his calibre, ability and one who has made the most number of Tamil Ph. D was sent back is his own dream and slander. You know a man by his fruits.

      Navalar aka Brecht was born and baptized Christian, attended vannarpannai Wesleyan mission school, then the Wesleyan Seminary in Jaffna, now Central College. Everything he was from the church. He insulted Percival the man who took him into his school saying

      ‘Kusinip paraiyanda kopiaik kudichchu kondu” ( drinking the coffee made by a kitchen paraiya). Such was Navalar’s mindset. A shame to all Tamils. Sadly our poor children have to refer to him from textbooks as Tamil Periar.

      Caste very is from the Hindu religion. Bagavad Gita says he their God created men Brahmin, sutra etc. Righteousness is totally lacking in this teaching.
      No wonder poor brother does not know truth from his falsehood.

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      Kumar,
      Wishful thinking and a fertile, malicious imagination, without any evidence. Be a man and identify yourself if you want to be taken seriously.

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    Prof. Hoole is a bomb thrower. Some of the criticism he is leveling against the CoC may be true, but if he really cares about the future of the church, he could have done this directly without destroying the image of the church in public.

    That is a weakness he has displayed time and again where he has been part of different Institutions. It seems like he really enjoys writing about salacious details about people in public and destroying people in high positions. This is what happens if you have many paper qualifications but never been given any responsibilities and never run any institutions.

    I would like to know from the author, what attempts he has taken to bring these allegations directly to the Bishop of Colombo?

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      Lanka Don,
      You sound very out of date on the matter of modern education. Any Don in the new millenium knows that in this millenium education has had a paradigm shift. Human rights is required curriculum. The Right To Information Act, Transparency etc are mandatory in the new paradigm. You sound like our Deans who mess up the faculties and then say at Faculty meetings, every determination must be kept within the walls. Not so in an advanced country.

      I remember reading Mr. Hoole s articles about the problems in the Anglican Church at least 20 years ago. Has anything improved? They carry on regardless ruining a beautiful Church with such beautiful thoughts and language by priestly negligence. Are we to lose our church due to the frivolity of some priests who have shown disregard for our doctrine and traditions? It is almost a bullying mafia in there that elects their friends to carry on the destruction and punishes those who speak against their misdeeds. And transfers out good priests. Most priests including the canon at the cathedral are dead scared of the hierarchy and evade answering questions.

      The poor and needy members are made voiceless.

      The Bible commands Christians to speak up for the poor and the needy and the voiceless. So do all books on Ethics we are now taught from.c

      Mr. Hoole is doing that obviously having exhausted all yinternal means. He is too much of an Anglican not to.

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      Dear Lanka Don,
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      I wish it were possible to discuss things with Bishop Dhilo, today. He was different earlier.
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      Dhilo’s mother-in-law, Mrs Ena Fernando, who passed away in June (last month) I knew from around the year 1970, when I was being trained as a teacher. She was then a most dedicated and enthusiastic teacher of English in the rather neglected Ambegoda Vidyalaya, Bandarawela. Later she taught at the equally unpretentious Kahaththewela Vidyalaya. Really conscientious she was.
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      Her husband, Rev. Harold Fernando, was the Methodist Minister in Bandarawela. I had been used to High Church Anglican Ritual (and confession three times a year), with Fr A.J. Foster at S. Thomas’ Gurutalawa. Religion is partly a matter of the heart and of heightened emotion. When Fr Foster died, the magic was gone. I looked for something really simple and attended the Methodist Church. Rev. Harold later became the President of the Methodist Church. They were very nice and simple folk.
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      Rev. Dhilo also I knew fairly well when he was Parish Priest in Bandarawela, and later when he lived in Kahaththewela (sic), Bandarawela, as Arch Deacon, Nuwara-eliya. Then he was accessible, but not any more. I’ve written three articles on the problems that he created:
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      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/the-thomian-pharisees-are-unrepentant-why-this-matters-to-all-sri-lankans/
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      That’s the last. You can navigate from there to the others. Warning: there are lots of comments!
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      I hope that there isn’t cheating again next year. There are many of us who want to talk – he just won’t meet people who talk straight. I’m not saying that he’s necessarily a bad man, but it may be these clergy believe casuistry is justified because they don’t know how to run schools.
      .
      Let me acknowledge Rev. Nesakumar to be somewhat different.

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    Dr. Hoole,
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    “5. Conceal allegations of child-abuse and sexual-harassment – when a CMS Priest-Principal was accused by a teacher of making homosexual advances and child-abuse, the allegations were dismissed by most in authority who said “I have known him for years.” After Bishop Dhilo, to his credit, ordered an inquiry, the priest retired as principal but is still a priest. With the inquiry report suppressed, people ask if their children are safe.”
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    I met the former Principal some years ago to discuss admission. I knew about a police complaint filed by a medical doctor because of physical abuse and had heard of wide spread physical abuse. I remembered what your son wrote about physical abuse years ago. The former Principal lied claiming that corporal punishment does not exist in the school and was unwilling to talk about the bad Grade 5 results.
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    I can only hope that the former Principal has left the boys in peace and concentrated on male staff.

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      Dear Pastor Bottoms up,

      As a responsible member of the public
      please report child abuse to the authority mentioned below.

      Child & Women Bureau:
      +94 11 2444444

      Child & Women Bureau:
      +94 11 2444444

      Child Abuse IS a Serious offence

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    Dr. Ratnajeevan Hoole,

    “…and had millions in church money allocated for personal cars in retirement, while BDC was given Rs.75,000 a month to lease a van. Both visited a car dealer’s recently and picked 5,000,000+/= cars that the diocese would buy for them. Each national Bishop coming with each new diocese, will now have a palace and car for life.”

    I do not know of what kind of a vehicle Bishop Thiagarajah has for his retirement if he ever wants to retire. However at the moment the Bishop of the tiny and shrinking JDCSI has a residency in Colombo and another in Vattukottai. Both with staff. He has a 2-3 old Pajero or something similar with a driver. My guess is that he bought it with his vehicle permit for a Bishop but the JDCSI paid for it. His wife runs Holistic Healing that is part of JDCSI sharing offices and staff. The wife has another Japanese vehicle with a driver and I believe that the costs are covered by JDCSI. The strange thing about the vehicle of the wife is that it has a “Doctor’s Sticker” despite no known member of the family or staff is entitled to use such a sticker.

    Would it make sense to found another church consisting of all the shrinking Protestant Churches excluding the Evangelicals?

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    Unethically chasing a dream to be a province. They are not the only Tamils who want federalism or worse.

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    Lanka Don,
    You sound very out of date on the matter of modern education. Any Don in the new millenium knows that in this millenium education has had a paradigm shift. Human rights is required curriculum. The Right To Information Act, Transparency etc are mandatory in the new paradigm. You sound like our Deans who mess up the faculties and then say at Faculty meetings, every determination must be kept within the walls. Not so in an advanced country.

    I remember reading Mr. Hoole s articles about the problems in the Anglican Church at least 20 years ago. Has anything improved? They carry on regardless ruining a beautiful Church with such beautiful thoughts and language by priestly negligence. Are we to lose our church due to the frivolity of some priests who have shown disregard for our doctrine and traditions? It is almost a bullying mafia in there that elects their friends to carry on the destruction and punishes those who speak against their misdeeds. And transfers out good priests. Most priests including the canon at the cathedral are dead scared of the hierarchy and evade answering questions.

    The poor and needy members are made voiceless.

    The Bible commands Christians to speak up for the poor and the needy and the voiceless. So do all books on Ethics we are now taught from.c

    Mr. Hoole is doing that obviously having exhausted all yinternal means. He is too much of an Anglican not to.

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    Hey Buddhist Monks … … You should seriously consider switching to Jaffna Anglican priesthood. Then you can do all your horny activities and all your gilmart business in the open with full social approval and respectability. And then these wretches can go back to their onion and tobacco farming. And Hoole will be their Kangani.

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      With due respect,

      The numerous and horrible doctrinal and other mistakes in The Tamil translation of the Liturgy 2009 were given in writing to the Bishop’s committe and sent to all Tamil priests by me 10 years ago. The Church did not care to correct the errors but went on to print the next edition. The 2013 repeats and adds to the sacrilege and theological errors. It is four months or so since the mistakes were presented to Bishop Canagasabey’s Liturgical Commission including the self styled “Cranmer” Rev. Joshua Ratnam by Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole in full detail and in print.It was presented verbally for three long hours.

      They will not move. Bishop must correct the satanic verse immediately. All it needs is a directive to the churches. His silence makes people suspect his faith and the faith of his church. Not one priest in the Bishop’s appointees seems to care about this insult to God. We have to take communion from them. Rev. Sam Ponniah is responsible too especially if he is dealing with the education of Christian children.

      Such is the concern for holy things in the Anglican Church. With the next election approaching the Bishop will soon be “lame duck” in effect.

      It is right of every Anglican to have the best translation from honest priests. Kick out the current translator from the Anglican Church. Honor God.

      Prof. Hoole even requested a one day workshop to discuss the mistakes before they churn out the next three yearly revision with great gain to their printers and incalculable loss to the Tamil congregation.

      And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”.

      How can you call yourselves the priests of God and administer the body and blood of Christ if you do not care about the honor of God or respect Lord Jesus?

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    Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not [c]arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you,
    O you of little faith?

    “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ **

    For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

    ,But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

    **or which type of car is the most prestigious

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    Assisi,
    Our Retired Bishops neither toil nor spin like their poor sheep.

    Thank you for the quote. On the spot.

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    With due respect,

    The numerous and horrible doctrinal and other mistakes in The Tamil translation of the Liturgy 2009 were given in writing to the Bishop’s committe and sent to all Tamil priests by me 10 years ago. The Church did not care to correct the errors but went on to print the next edition. The 2013 repeats and adds to the sacrilege and theological errors. It is four months or so since the mistakes were presented to Bishop Canagasabey’s Liturgical Commission including the self styled “Cranmer” Rev. Joshua Ratnam by Professor Ratnajeevan Hoole in full detail and in print.It was presented verbally for three long hours.

    They will not move. Bishop must correct the satanic verse immediately. All it needs is a directive to the churches. His silence makes people suspect his faith and the faith of his church. Not one priest in the Bishop’s appointees seems to care about this insult to God. We have to take communion from them. Rev. Sam Ponniah is responsible too especially if he is dealing with the education of Christian children.

    Such is the concern for holy things in the Anglican Church. With the next election approaching the Bishop will soon be “lame duck” in effect.

    It is right of every Anglican to have the best translation from honest priests. Kick out the current translator from the Anglican Church. Honor God.

    Prof. Hoole even requested a one day workshop to discuss the mistakes before they churn out the next three yearly revision with great gain to their printers and incalculable loss to the Tamil congregation.

    And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind”.

    How can you call yourselves the priests of God and administer the body and blood of Christ if you do not care about the honor of God or respect Lord Jesus?

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      Thanks Mrs. Hoole for pointing this out and for both your hard work to correct the Tamil translation and keeping it in alignment with the Biblical teachings. Thank You again and please keep the pressure on these ungodly men! Only God can and will clean his house and get rid of these fake men of God.

      Bishop Dhilo, Archdeacon Ponniah and other: Hope you will repent and get back on track to teaching what’s in the Bible rather than make up things to please your fellow men.

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    Mr Hoole, the Bishop of Colombo has categorically denied this report as baseless, can you please elaborate on the the response appearing in the daily news on July 30th (today) under the heading “Bishop of Colombo clarifies”

    QUOTE;

    Rt. Revd. Dhiloraj R. Canagasabey, Bishop of Colombo, Presiding Bishop of the Church of Ceylon and Rt. Revd. Keerthisiri Fernando, Bishop of Kurunegala referring to a report published in the Daily News on July 22, 2019 states: “We refer to the article published on the front page of the Ceylon Daily News of Monday, 22nd July 2019, concerning the visit of His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby to Sri Lanka.

    “It is with regret that we wish to point out that the said article is not one officially released by the Church of Ceylon and its contents are inaccurate.

    “We, the Bishops of the Church of Ceylon wish to state categorically that the visit of His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to Sri Lanka is a solidarity visit he is making as the Metropolitan of the Church of Ceylon, in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday incidents.

    This visit is not in any way related to the creation of a Province of the Anglican Church, as mentioned in the article.

    “We would have appreciated if you obtained an official clarification, prior to the publication of the said Article, which would have prevented such inaccuracies from being published”.

    UN-Quote

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      Mnick,

      “We would have appreciated if you obtained an official clarification, prior to the publication of the said Article, which would have prevented such inaccuracies from being published”.

      What if the clarification never is made or contains false facts?

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      Isn’t it true that most of us are ascribing reasons for almost all that happens according to our own pet theories and predilections? A report like this may be closer to the truth:
      .
      https://colombogazette.com/2019/07/21/head-of-the-anglican-church-to-visit-sri-lanka/
      .
      That report suggests that Archbishop Welby has a rational programme for visiting all the Anglican Churches abroad. It makes little sense to administer by suddenly running to a place where there is a head-line-grabbing incident.
      .
      There are two things that not many will know (and I may not know properly myself!) The Archbishop of Canterbury no longer has the same dominance over his Church that the Pope has over the Catholic Church. Some of the African Bishops are more powerful and assertive.
      .
      Secondly, there has to be an Archbishop in charge of every Province (that may not be the most appropriate word). ” There are five extraprovincial churches under the metropolitical authority of the Archbishop of Canterbury:
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      Anglican Church of Bermuda
      Church of Ceylon
      Parish of the Falkland Islands
      Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church
      Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church “
      .
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglican_Communion
      .
      Those Churches are very small. However, in Sri Lanka, the Church owns huge tracts of real estate – part of the Colonial Legacy.
      .

      The name “Church of Sri Lanka” is being held back for the day when most of the more rational Protestant Christian Churches unite. One reason why that doesn’t happen is that the Head of each wants to safeguard his privileges. Rather like “Provincial Councils” in the pattern of governing our country.
      .
      While Archbishop Welby may not be coming for a specific purpose, it may be that our hierarchy had thought of this as an opportunity to further shroud the reality from us using jargon that nobody understands.
      .
      Professor Hoole has done the entire country a great service by warning us.

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    Dear Daniel Poor,
    .
    The Director, Private Schools (when I last visited there) was from the Eastern Province. He had not, himself, studied in a Private School. So, he’s doing his job, but without acquiring a passion for it.
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    He’s O.K, but he’s got a small staff and rely on reports sent in from the Provinces. And those guys don’t know what these schools are supposed to be.
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    I need some sleep now. I will try to expand on this later.

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      Dear Sinhala-Man,

      Thank you for your replies. In many comments people claim that CoC has decided to buy several very expensive vehicles. If it is true that the CoC membership is down to 2-3000 where does the money for the vehicles come from? Who decides on the purchase of the vehicles? Are the Minutes of the meetings of the decision making “Boards” (for lack of a better word) public? I admit that I have no knowledge of who decides in a church but they must have some kind of rules possibly from colonial times.

      Is the money of the Anglican schools properly separated from the money of the Anglican Church? In the case of JDCSI there is even evidence of the contrary meaning funds from the Board of Directors of Jaffna College (more than just the one school) having been used directly to support the church and for minor missionary projects that have nothing to do with education.

      Provincial and Zonal Departments of Education should implement the Circulars etc that come from Isurupaya but in practice this is often not done. The same applies to Health. There is the usual lethargy and possibly even corruption behind the lack of implementation.

      I was told some weeks ago that the Private School Branch has no permanent Director.

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        Daniel Poor,
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        “In the case of JDCSI there is even evidence of the contrary meaning funds from the Board of Directors of Jaffna College (more than just the one school) having been used directly to support the church….”
        .
        In 2014 the Board of Directors of Jaffna College spent 200,000 rupees to pay the electricity bill of Jaffna Diocese of Church of South India. Source: audit report that the Chairman of the said Board himself sent to court in Boston as evidence. Did the school pay for the a/c of the Chairman? Did you know this fact before?

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          CEB meter reader,

          “In 2014 the Board of Directors of Jaffna College spent 200,000 rupees to pay the electricity bill of Jaffna Diocese of Church of South India. Source: audit report that the Chairman of the said Board himself sent to court in Boston as evidence.”

          Almost correct: this expense is recorded for 2015 in the independent audit conducted by Ernest&Young in 2016. The electricity expense of Jaffna College (the school) itself was rs 786,384 in 2015.

          Please note that the audit is based on financial statements signed by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Jaffna College Dr. Thiagarajah who of course is the Bishop.

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