Open economy leads people away from religion: Cardinal

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Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said on Saturday that the open economy had created a consumerist society which had, in turn, led people to deviate from religion.

He said this at Kalamulla after blessing the new wooden altar at the church.

The Cardinal said Jesus Christ sacrificed his life to save people from sin and what he did at the Last Supper continues even today among Catholics who gather around the altar to help develop the spiritual relationship among them.

"With the onset of the open economy, people gradually began to deviate from religious practices. It is a common phenomenon in many countries in the world. Society is heading towards a situation where they reject religion while some people use religion as an ornament or like a coat which can be removed any time one wishes," the Cardinal said.

He said religion should not be confined to rituals and that what was essential was to lead a principled life.

The Cardinal stressed the importance of serving others while being useful of one’s own life which was very short. (Sunil S. Thantriarachchi)

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  • ravin Monday, 09 September 2019 09:16 AM

    I beg your pardon honour cardinal. Truth will prevail as you know. The corrupted religious dignitaries have lead people away from all religions. We had good example in April 2019.

    Arun Monday, 09 September 2019 01:17 PM

    I agreed on many things Cardinal has said recent pass, however, open economy and the liberal system is much conductive to religions than Socialism based closed economy ... In that system, the state does not encourage people to practice a religion rather they wanna people to take leads from their own demigods ...

    Sugandh Thomas Monday, 09 September 2019 01:20 PM

    Call on the God that you worship to ask that God’s wishes prevail. Did your prayers ever get answered? Do you really think that any democratic government is responsible for creating policies that encourage people to turn to religion?

    Juda Monday, 09 September 2019 01:22 PM

    Malcolm Ranjith also has started talking nonsense.

    Sammy Monday, 09 September 2019 02:18 PM

    It is these incompetent and political minded religious heads who should set the example. They indulge in all sorts of nonsense and pass the buck onto other factors.

    Joseph Monday, 09 September 2019 02:36 PM

    Don't blame the open economy .the clergy has failed to inculcate spiritual values

    john frazer Monday, 09 September 2019 02:51 PM

    nonsense just like the Buddhist monks he also got on to the political ban wagon of Sri Lankan politics

    Sando Monday, 09 September 2019 02:54 PM

    Absolutely. Like opening "all your doors and windows" as Mahathma Gandhi said.. Joining the EU has been the curse of the U.K. Let this not be ours.


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