Jul 31, 2019

Archbishop refuses to meet any Presidential candidate Featured

The Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has refused to meet any Presidential candidate until the investigation reports related to the Easter Sunday attacks are handed over.
The Archbishop has announced his stand at a media conference held at the Bishops house today (31 July).

He said that there is a clear attempt to hide the truth as all those responsible have not yet been brought to book.

“We do not want the Government or politicians to be using this incident to try and score points but to unite and take appropriate action. That is what we expect,” he said.

The Archbishop asserted that not just the Government but even the opposition has not shown interest in the issue.

He also noted that reports based on investigations conducted on the attacks so far have not been made public.He further noted that reports on the April 21st attacks compiled by the various commissions have been swept under the carpet. He requested an impartial committee to be appointed to investigate into the 21st attack.

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said that the upcoming elections are being used to divert attention from the Easter Sunday attacks.

He said that the public want justice and not elections.
The Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith further stated the below. 
I don't have a party

"I do not belong to any political party and I am committed to standing up for the justice and sovereignty of the innocent people. Some people and some media outlets are trying to label me by connecting me to certain parties.

Please don't try to attach me to parties. We're on the side of the people. I also request from media to not connect me to parties and colours."

The comment on the backbone was not about the President

Recently Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had also accused the Government of not having a backbone and demanded the resignation of the Government.
Commenting on this regard he stated that the comment was not made targeting the President or the Prime Minister and if the President himself has accepted it there is nothing he can do about it.

Prime Minister meets Cardinal

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the official residence of the Archbishop of Colombo yesterday (30 July ) at 7.00 pm.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who met the Archbishop, has had a lengthy discussion on the security of churches.

Ministers John Amaratunga, Ruwan Wijewardena and Ravi Karunanayake were also present for this meeting.