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We’ve Had Enough Of The Monks On Our Backs; The Catholic Clergy Should Not Add To The Ordeal – Response To Revd Dr PJ Fernando

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“A good journalist should take no one for granted and should not be prepared to absolve anyone from possible wrongdoing on the presupposition that by virtue of position such a person can do no wrong. A journalist would invade areas that others may regard as being too sacred to touch.”

Why I haven’t Insulted

Revd Dr PJ Fernando (Revd. PJF), Archdiocese of Birmingham, has come to the aid of the besieged Most Eminent Cardinal of Sri Lanka, Malcolm Ranjith. Fair enough, since team members must fight for their leader. However, it surprises me to be charged by him for ‘insulting’ His Eminence. Insult is never in my armoury.

The source of such an allegation is a serious misconception of the role of a journalist. I must point out here that although Revd PJF refers to me as a ‘journalist,’ I am not a journalist but a columnist or opinion writer. However, I follow the fearless focus of a good journalist. A good journalist should take no one for granted and should not be prepared to absolve anyone from possible wrongdoing on the presupposition that by virtue of position he holds such a person can do no wrong. A journalist would invade areas that others may regard as being too sacred to touch. 

The reality of human behaviour tells us that every human has the potential to folly, to err and to act evil inasmuch as to do immense good.

Revd. PJF seems to think otherwise; hence his perception that I have insulted the Cardinal. I have acted according to that philosophy-not resorting to any insult while not treating the Cardinal as a touch-me-not.

It is significant  that  PJF is unable to illustrate his allegation by citing just one of my expressions that could be reckoned as being insulting. What has happened is that I have made factual statements and inferences with regard to the Cardinal’s recent judgment and conduct and if such facts do not put the Cardinal in a good light then I am not the offender; only a messenger.

I would like to add that I have in the process acted unwittingly as a whistleblower to the devout catholic following in our country who must steadfastly step in to prevent the same corrupt politicisation that is ruining Buddhism, from taking place within their fold. I am in serious business, Revd PJF.

Visiting the Fasting Monk

The occasion for this time’s critique of the Cardinal was the scene of his rushing to show solidarity to Revd Athuralye’s cause. That cause was a demand from government that the two Muslim governors and one Muslim minister be removed forthwith. There was no other issue as far as the monk was concerned. However, Revd PJF, along with the Archdiocese of Colombo, have deliberately tried to camouflage the cause of the monk by attributing nobler intentions. I have criticised the Archdiocese of Colombo for this  move in my article as an attempt at magician’s trickery. 

I do the same for Revd PJF, now. Just take a look at this: PJF states, “What the Cardinal was upholding was his nonviolent means seeking justice to yet another minority religious group in the country. Cardinal’s visit was an act of charity and determination. It was to strengthen the nonviolent resolve in the country to bring justice. It was to unite the country against violence but bring justice to all those who were killed.” Can anybody with any ethics in him  attribute any of these elements to the fasting model of Athuraliye? To be fair by the monk, he does not claim any such thing at all. The issues he raised were simply about the removal of the three Muslim leaders. What is the charity embedded in that?

As a matter of fact, it was unjust and uncharitable on the part of the monk to assume sans investigation that the three Muslim leaders had done serious wrong. Parliament was going to debate a no confidence motion against the minister Rishard Bathiudeen – anyway. The monk should have at least waited for that. I have no love for either of the  two governors who, I think, were bad appointments by the president. Hizbullah, in particular, needs careful examination. That is another matter since the fact here is that no enquiry had been demanded by the monk as a prerequisite.

What the monk was doing was to try and get the sunshine on him for a misplaced heroism. Athuraliye, the Cardinal should know, has a high ego and this act of fasting was a mere ego exercise. The Cardinal also should know by now that no monk who fasts unto death will take the risk of dying.

Context

As I had pointed out in my article, it is very important to appraise the socio-political context in which this fast took place. In the background, was a build up of Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinistic jingoism that could have gone haywire. The jailbird monk was associated closely with Athuraliye. That itself should have put off the Cardinal from soiling his soul by going to show solidarity to the fasting monk. The fasting monk was merely a link in a whole chain of potential backlash against all Muslims. I am surprised the Cardinal did not sense all this.

The jailbird monk had threatened the day before, that if the demands of Athuraliye aren’t met he will show “fireworks” all over the island. This implies a security threat to the government and people.

Against such a violent background why on earth did the Cardinal go? Why did he not realise that by lending his status it would help the racist build up?Why can’t Revd PJF see this contextual inappropriateness? He cannot see because his objective in writing was to defend at any cost and not to make an independent assessment of what I have stated.

Poor Response to Fast

The poor response to the fast in influential high quarters and among the public at large clearly confirms my position that this wasn’t an event that the Cardinal should have graced. It was all bad protocol. Mahinda Rajapaksa was, expectedly, there but that is politics. All chapters of Asgiriya and Malwatte openly criticised the event. In what was like a stab in the back, the jailbird monk also later came out rubbishing the move of Athuraliye. Gnanasara said what we have said, namely, that foolish acts like this only served to push the large majority of ordinary and law-abiding Muslims into the side of extremists. The other Mahanayakes of the rest of the Nikayas also criticised what looked like a quixotic adventure.

Maligawa  Desecrated

The premises of the fast, which is the sacred Maligawa, was desecrated right and left when mobs who gathered round the monk shouted filth and abuse at disagreeable VIPs who had the gall to come over to speak to the monk and try and prevent escalation. Athuraliye hadn’t the courtesy to obtain permission from the Mahanayakes to use the premises.

Hence, I ask Revd. PJF and all others defending the cardinal’s judgment, that “where do their justification stand?”

Political Statements by Cardinal

Matters could not have turned worse for the cardinal when the latter made a public political statement on site before the media. The cardinal stated that “a country belongs to the people and not to the ruling elite.” I have commented that this statement was, government impliedly, an attack on the current government. What is wrong is that the criticism isn’t valid at all of this government, whatever other deficiencies the government may have. This government has never shown a tendency to outlive its mandated ruling period. It has freely permitted protests to take place  without resort to Orwellian tactics of hit squads and white vans.

What means even more, the Cardinal who has shown his intention to intervene in national moments never uttered a word of protest when gruesome murders and disappearance took place under the watch of the Rajapakse government. In fact, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had at the time shot into the limelight by making an astoundingly untruthful statement namely that “there is nothing called human rights.”

Can’t revd PJF see what can be obviously seen: there is something not quite right in the Cardinal.

“Sinhala-Buddhist Country”

Revd PJF reaches a ridiculous logical moment in his presentation when he makes a vain attempt to defend the Cardinal’s previous controversial statement that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country. Says Revd PJF, “When the Cardinal said that Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese Buddhist Country, it does not mean that the others are denied of their rights and existence. It is a show of lack of understanding and learning to jump into a conclusion otherwise. When you say that Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese Buddhist Country it affirms the historical identity of the country, respects and regards the countries culture and history.”

Of course, the claim that the country is a “Sinhala-Buddhist country,” implies logically that Sinhala-Buddhists have primal  and host status and that others enjoy secondary status. You cannot get away from that implication. Revd PJF argues that it does not mean that others are “denied their rights.” True. But it does not require a PhD to arrive at the conclusion that these others’ rights take second place in a country that belongs primarily to the Sinhala Buddhists.

Minister Mangala Samaraweera was more sensible. The latter clarified that Sri Lanka is a country “where the majority are Sinhala-Buddhists.” That puts all ethnic and religious groups in equal territory. Sinhala-Buddhists being demographically a majority would, naturally, receive the greater part of national income. That isn’t due to any ethnic superiority but sheerly due to numbers.

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    Brilliant! You have cornered your critique beautifully

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      Agree! But Shyamon has missed one more important most recent incident. Hours before Malalgoda report was due to be submitted, Cardinal, speaking to the press, said that it is impossible for him to put the blame on one particular person or persons b’cos the the security lapses were the result of long term neglect. I don’t think that this was a mere coincidence; rather it is very likely that some or all of the final conclusions of the report has been leaked to the cardinal ahead of time and that the statement was intended to save MY 3 from public outrage.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe,

      RE: We’ve Had Enough Of The Monks On Our Backs; The Catholic Clergy Should Not Add To The Ordeal – Response To Revd Dr PJ Fernando

      Yes. Thank you Shyamon.

      “Revd Dr PJ Fernando (Revd. PJF), Archdiocese of Birmingham, has come to the aid of the besieged Most Eminent Cardinal of Sri Lanka, Malcolm Ranjith. “

      What was “Revd Dr PJ Fernando (Revd. PJF), former Project? Defending Cardinal Law of Boston, who fled to the Vatican? Is” Revd Dr PJ Fernando (Revd. PJF),” defending the conduct of the Catholic Church, the Cult, over the past two millennia as well?

      What about those Popes who collaborated with Hitler, Mussolini and Franco,. Were they Catholics? The crimes of the Catholic Church over two Millennia?

      Need to sk the Cardinal to look in the mirror.

      Is the Catholic Church good? How Good? How Bad?

      IQ2 2009 – Hitchens Eviscerates the Catholic Church

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMRuCS7MCG8

      Christopher Hitchens argues against the proposition that ‘The Catholic Church is a Force for Good’ at the Intelligence Squared debate in October, 2009

      One of Christopher Hitchens best speeches by far, I’d rank it up there with Socrates’s last speech. Wow this man could speak.

      He’s so passionate this time! I love how the audience is deathly quiet while he lists off the crimes of the church.you can almost feel the shame

      Where is Cardinal Law of Boston? In the Vatican? Why?

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    We’ve Had Enough Of The Monks On Our Backs; The Catholic Clergy Should Not Add To The Ordeal—-

    -agree not sure why everyone is sucking up to the monks…..

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      Sinhala Buddhists,

      Stop sucking to the monks.

      Catholics,

      Stop sucking to the Cardinals.

      Muslims,

      Stop sucking to the Ulama.

      There is no Karma, no Nirvana, no Nibbana, no Rebirth, no Heaven, no Hell, no Purgatory, and no Limbo. However, there are tides caused by the Moon and the Sun, and the Moon is receding by 1.5 inches per year.

      Stop being suckers.

  • 16
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    Shyamon, as I mentioned elsewhere you have this nagging ability to bring those racist “out of the shadows”. You were diplomatic and avoided mentioning PJF, s own bias. In the process of defending Ranjith he also inadvertently came out with his own.

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    I am a Catholic . I have watched with horror this cardinal . He has always wanted limelight . He has appeared in numerous photos with the former regime .The massacre if innocent people was a opportunity made in hell for him . Long before Mangala WANTED to write . Last year I wrote to the pope .
    Most of my crowd I move around with want only peace in this country . Not at any price . The armed forces who have defeated extremists four times . Should be praised .
    They have not try to hog the spotlight . I watch with pleasure them quietly looking after
    school children in this dreadful weather ,
    While the politicians ,Cardinals and Few Buddhist get headlines while Sri Lankan blood pours in the mud.
    I gather my staff all religions we pray to our Gods Togather . our childrens have no future

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    The fast was a success, as a large number of ministers resigned, rather than face a damning investigation. Why did they resign if they had nothing to hide? Resigning will make it easier for them to destroy evidence and hide whatever ill-gotten wealth they have in safe places. In addition, they don’t have to defend themselves in the Parliament. The bottom line is that the reputation of several ministers, such as Bathiudeen and Hizbullah, has been completely destroyed. This was not due to the monk, but the newspapers, which were the first to expose their illicit activities.

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      What illicit activities? I haven’t seen anything so far except for allegations which any fool can make. There is an American saying regarding such allegations: if you want you can even sue a ham sandwich. SL has not yet advanced to the level of taking legal actions against anything; rather it is still at the stage of running mad based on false media reports.

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    The mask that the Cardinal wore after the horror came off faster than anyone imagined.
    His real self is too strong to let him sustain his pretenses.

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    Shayamon Jayasinghe is becoming a Pope. Why they do not have freedom of expression ?. How does the democracy work only for your desired ?

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    Shayamon,
    A Brilliant response!
    Hope the misguided Cardinal and Rev PJ F will open their eyes.
    Why do we have to spoon feed these on what is right and what’s wrong ? Looks like they have not understood Christ’s teachings.
    Simon

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      Simon and Shayamon,,

      “Hope the misguided Cardinal and Rev PJ F will open their eyes.”

      They won’t. They are Catholic Cardinals, Catholic Priests and Catholic Popes.

      What about Cardinal Law of Boston? What about those Popes who collaborated with Hitler, Mussolini and Franco? Were they Catholics? The crimes of the Catholic Church over two Millennia?

      Ask the Cardinal to look in the mirror.

      Is the Catholic Church good? How Good? How Bad?

      IQ2 2009 – Hitchens Eviscerates the Catholic Church

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMRuCS7MCG8

      Christopher Hitchens argues against the proposition that ‘The Catholic Church is a Force for Good’ at the Intelligence Squared debate in October, 2009

      One of Christopher Hitchens best speeches by far, I’d rank it up there with Socrates’s last speech. Wow this man could speak.

      He’s so passionate this time! I love how the audience is deathly quiet while he lists off the crimes of the church. You can almost feel the shame

      Where is Cardinal Law of Boston? In the Vatican? Doing what? Are there alter boys?

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    “We’ve Had Enough Of The Monks On Our Backs”!
    /
    Were you an abiththaya in a temple at Kurunegale or somewhere before conversion?

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    The biggest mistake the cardinal who many keep in very high esteem deservedly made is that by going to meet this low level ultra racist saffron clad thug, he sent the wrong message to the nation that he is also stooping to that level

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    Dear Neville,

    I don’t think Mr. Jeyasinghe planned to corner Dr. P.J. Fernando, but confidently established the truth as of his duty when he happened to face criticism from Dr. PJF . While appreciating how the Cardinal did handle the situation on 21st April avoiding further escalation between Christians and innocent Muslims I’m of the opinion that Cardinal’s visit to Athuraliya Thero was a surprise to not only Muslims of SL, but all right minded people.

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    Shyamon, you have written a jewel.
    Keep it up!

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

    I am glad we have a few humanists who could think for themselves rationally without the divine guidance.

    Old codger, Manel Fonseka, Spring Koha, Nimal Fernando …
    where are you lot, and what do say to Shyamon Jayasinghe?

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      Native,
      Read what I said to the great Dr. PJ himself.

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      Native Vedda

      SJ is right. The holy Cardinal read the signs wrong. Rathana was on a political stunt and the Cardinal provided a prop. Unknowingly, the Cardinal can now be seen as providing support to someone who set out to subvert our democracy (or what is left of it). I am not religious but if If I was I would say “Father, forgive the Cardinal, for sometimes he knows not what he does”.

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      I also responded to Fr Fernando.

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      Native, I also responded to Fr Fernando underneath his article. And think Shyamon has made an excellent reply to him here

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      humanists,

      boy! that’s something new. I’ve never been called that before. I’m going to punch someone in the face ……… then they’ll start calling me a whole load of other things!

      I’m ambivalent about the cardinal ………. he has some good and some bad qualities. Each action/issue has to be taken on their own merit ………. when it comes to a human/person there’s no such thing as a blanket condemnation or praise.

      His words soon after the tragedy I’m sure saved some lives and prevented violence and destruction, especially in areas like Negambo where there are large populations of Muslims and Catholics.

      I don’t know if he is a Jesuit like the pope ………. Jesuits are usually more proactive than other Catholic clergy. ……… somewhere on YouTube I’ve seen him talk about the role played by the American military–industrial-complex/armaments-industry in fomenting wars around the globe but not in their own Anglo countries which strikes a chord.

      But he is clearly a lackey of the Rajapakses and does their bidding ………… Did he ever say loud and clear that the country belongs to the people and not to the rulers when the Rajapakses were appointing the family members to every post possible in the country and overseas? It shows his clear bias towards one side. There are 22 million Lankans and most of them and everyone in the Foreign-Service are vastly more qualified than the Rajapkase family members that were appointed. No one has ever behaved as if they own the country more than the Rajapakses ………. but the cardinal was mum then ………. see no evil; speak no evil when their your friends

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        continued

        But what saddens me the most is, young students falling down at Mahinda’s feet when he visited some Prominent Colombo schools (rural schools, one can understand) ……….. that’s the effect of years of classic Pavlovian conditioning …….. to fall down at a murderer and a swindler/robber’s feet.

        People should learn to question everything and everyone; not accept things at face value. ……….. Anyway one good thing is, Mahinda has lost some of his lustre after the bombs

        Shyamon has done a masterful job of deconstructing the reverend’s arguments/points pretty systematically and comprehensively …………… there’s nothing to add other than ………….. no one should walk around with a sense of entitlement because of their positions.

        The cardinal’s shindig with the Buddhist priest was clearly a cheap publicity stunt. ………… Every man and his dog knew he was not going to starve to death.

        But all the Muslim leaders resigning en masse was a brilliant move ……… it deprived them of an enemy to focus on ………. and the stupidity of Ratna Thera’s stunt was exposed.

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    I am repeating my comment I have already posted, it is suitable for this article also……!

    Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith spoil his reputation (if he has) by visiting Rathana. Further more he said in an interview “Country belongs to people, not to its rulers”.
    You are right leave it to the people, Priest / Monks should not interfere in politics. Cardinal do you support Sri lanka to be ruled by chauvinist buddhist fundamentalist? If the answer is yes, then leave your preaches and sermon in church and join the saffron clad. After that you go and shout-out Sril anka is a sinhala buddhist country no other race or religion can be tolerated here. Now I can feel your motive coward…! Please do not put race over religion

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    While religious personalities should not enter mainstream politics and the Catholic church has shown leadership on the matter, Buddhist monks have submitted to the temptation of power, influence and wealth, like clergy of no other faith have, in Sri Lanka.

    Cardinal Ranjith stands out as an important steadying force in the dirty game that politicians are presently playing over the backs of hundreds who died in vain on Easter Sunday. He boldly called out the scumbags and did say that the country is not an inheritance for the rulers to play with at will.

    Naturally, this sweeping statement is relevant not just to the former regime’s leaders but to any in SL who aspire to carve a piece of the cake for themselves. This is what has stunned the ministers and resulted in tarnishing the Cardinal.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe did not INSULT the Cardinal but only DESCRIBED him. But that was a dangerous thing to do as the following story illustrates.

    Once a man walked into the police station and complained of assault. The policeman on duty asked him whether he could describe his assailant. The complainant then said, that was precisely what I was doing when he set upon me!

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    If a revolutionary Catholic priest walks into Bishop House over a political issue fall in front of the Chapel in the premises and start a fast unto death for reasonable cause or even unreasonable cause for general public, which is not that much of interest to Cardinal; what would be his feeling and response? Now if Malwatte Chief Priest comes with a party of Buddhists with Tambili or Lemon puff or what ever, try to preach the revolutionary priest by making media mega event there, what would be the feelings of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith? Now try to get into the shoes of Malwatte Chief Priest, when Cardinal walks into Dalada Maligawa to participate in some action which was not for the liking Chief Priest. So what he did in the long run may be ok for certain politicians and their political sympathizers but definitely not for Catholics in the long run.

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    “We’ve Had Enough Of The Monks On Our Backs”!
    /
    Experiences of an abittaya before conversion?

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    One begins to wonder whether it is necessary to have election to form a government and rule our Country? No is my answer. The country is ruled by fasting saffron robed hamuduruwas who has the final say. Even the other religious leaders/political leaders succumb to the threatening hamuduruwas under various pretexts for publicity purposes.
    Not only Buddism but even the Hamudurwas are given foremost place without constitutional provisions.
    Why waste public money on parliamentarians, simply allow the hamudurwas to rule and sow the seeds of hatred.

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    Buddhism is Buddhism and universal. There is no such thing as Sinhala Buddhist or Buddhism. Must Buddhists in India then be called Indian Buddhists? Or those say in Britain called British Buddhists? Making such claims as Sinhala Buddhists means only one thing, that those appropriating the religion to themselves, to their race, in order to give themselves some special status, have no clue about what the Buddha preached.

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      Dionysus

      There is Sinhala/Buddhist and Sinhala/Buddhism both were concocted only in the past 100 years or so. The idea was to give those people who spoke Sinhala and followed the awakened one a new political identity.

      Both were nothing more than political identities useful for keeping cohesion among Sinhala speaking Buddhists intact, excluding the rest from equitably allocating resources and opportunity.

      Its like mantra, chant without understanding what it is, go into trance, hurt those who do not form part of the new identity. They call themselves the smart patriots, a good place to hide themselves from being charged for looting, raping, killing, ………… racism, …

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      Probably Sinhala Buddha knows things better.

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe is attempting to deflect attention away from the government’s massive security failure by asking why the Cardinal chose to visit a controversial monk. Some other interested parties have also used the incident to connect the attacks, directly or indirectly, with so-called “Sinhala-Buddhist” extremism. All of these observers ignore some basic fundamentals: the NTJ had attacked Sufi mosques and harassed Sufis for several years. This shows that NTJ does not even tolerate other Muslim sects.Secondly, the monks had warned against Islamic extremism for a long time. Unlike the blind politicos, the monks could see that women dressed in all-black abayas, Arabic street signs, and shiny 5-star mosques built with Gulf money were the beginning of a new trend. The government chose to ignore all these things, as well as intelligence reports from RAW, so it could get Muslim votes. This is the real issue. Both Sirisena and RW should resign, as their failures are beyond any reasonable estimation. Remember, Sirisena refused Fonseka as Law and Order Minister. Bond scam and Easter attacks aside, Ranil’s failures go back decades. CBK had to dissolve the Parliament or he would have given 1/3 of the country to terrorists.

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    Shyamon, take it easy. There was nothing insulting in what you wrote. We Catholics are often tempted to go even beyond insult considering the antics of our Cardinal but have managed to let our better instincts prevail. Sadly, this Cardinal is more politician than priest.

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    I thought Mr Jayasinghe is a joker from Down Under,
    Who often has ago at the poor Sinhala Buddhists in his x Homeland to entertain the UNP and Diaspora Dudes here.

    Now Mr Jayasinghe has got really serious ,specially in their hour of desperation, when the UNP Bosses lead by Dr Ranil are trying to clean themselves of any residue, by mollycoddling Bathudeen and his new Muslim Alliance..
    And put the blame of the Easter Disaster on their one time Partner Sirisena..

    After the poor Sinhala Buddhists and their Monks rallied around the Good Cardinal in Colombo .
    and his Catholic Community ,in their most sad and hurtful hour of the History in Lankawe, Mr Jayasinghe has become more ferocious in his attacks, not only on the poor Monks but also the Catholic Clergy, the Holy Cardinal in Colombo in particular..

    Now Mr Jayasinghe is having a go at Rev Dr Fernando from the Archdiocese in Birmingham.
    I don’t know much about Britain ,
    But it sounds serious business because Birmingham is not Melbourne, let alone Mr ayasinghe’s old Turf Colombothurai.. .

    Anyway , I never thought Mr Jayasinghe to be such a fearless Opinion Writer and a Columnist in the City of Melbourne.
    Or Is it Sydney?

    Wonder how many Opinions or Columns Mr Jayasinghe has published in the Age, Herald Sun , The Australian , the Journal or even Lakpahana in the Curry Store in Dandenong..

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      “I thought Mr Jayasinghe is a joker from Down Under, who often has a go at the poor Sinhala Buddhists in his x Homeland to entertain the UNP and Diaspora Dudes here”.

      You will see Mr Sumanasekera, that a lot of things you “think” are dead wrong!

      Perhaps you will never see it…. When you are inside the frame, how can you see the picture?

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        J & F ,
        Your X Best Finance Minister in the World, Yahapalana Galleon said this Disaster in Easter wouldn’t have happened if your Idol Dr Ranil didn’t sack him..

        Galleon says you guys were so unfair that you allowed his Missus and the Daughters also to cop a lot of flack for nothing, when everything Galleon did was not only Cool and Above Board but also good for the Yahapalana Soul .

        Galleon in fact had a go at the current Finance Minister telling him to hand over the job to some one as good as Galleon.

        Dear J&F, I thought Galleon was a crook.
        Apparently he is not .
        You got a point ..

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    Aelajo, isn’t the Cardinal’s boss, the Pope a head of state and a politician too?

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    A seven star article. Congrats Shyamon Jayasinghe! You have not insulted. You have exposed. If those exposed are without clothes it is their fault and not yours

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    Unfortunately many Buddhist monks have actively involved in party politics which the Lord Buddha never allowed.
    These monks are confused or intoxicated with wrong views.
    Monks should follow the disciplinary code rather emotions.
    They have to understand why the become or became monks.

    They have completely forgotten the main purpose of monkhood.

    Other priest also must deeply reflect upon their own duties and responsibilities as priests.

    Generally Catholic and other Christian priests do not involve in party politics as Buddhist monks have involved.

    Unfortunately His Eminent Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith have visited Rathana who was doing hunger strike.
    Rathana is not a Buddhist monk though he is attiring a yellow robe.

    Involving politics should be banned for Buddhist monks and other religious priests.

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    Sheyman is more worried about monks and some preists rather than writing why all these started and why his beloved Ranil and his govt not doing much about.it Find the root for problem first. Every body knows you love to go against monks and MR. I you are a good writer you should not be biased too much.

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    the cardinal has got it mixed up what he says is
    render unto ceaeser that which is gods and unto god that which is ceasers

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    Cardinal is enjoying his “15 minutes of Fame”. Pathetic.

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    I also responded to Fr Fernando.

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