Easter Sunday attacks: We don’t have faith in probes - Cardinal

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Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said yesterday that he did not have faith in any of the probes carried out on the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

He said that it seems that the political leaders are getting one committee that probes Easter Sunday attacks to submit a report according to their whims and fancies.

Delivering his sermon at the re-consecration (re-opening) of Katuwapitiya’s St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo last morning,  which was damaged in the April 21 bomb attack, Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said that time has come to tell these leaders to go home and handover the nation to abled people.

Cardinal Ranjith said that Easter Sunday mayhem was an international conspiracy and not merely the work of Islamic extremists .

"The youth who carried out the bomb attacks were used by the international conspirators. Global Muslims have become victims of international forces. However, global Muslims should stand up against the conspirators who use Islamic ideologies to create mayhem all over the globe.

They should join the people of other religions to fight against those forces who insult Islamism to fulfil their aspirations,” the Cardinal said “I have seen a report that ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al –Baghdadi is in a military camp which is run by the most powerful nation in the world. I won’t mention the name of this country but clearly, the ISIS leader is in a military camp which is run by this powerful nation.

We are worried that the ISIS leaders are being used by this powerful nation to fulfil their vested interests. We question whether this nation knew about the bomb attack. We also question whether some are trying to create a Sinhala Muslim backslash and create unrest in our country.

I don’t believe a group youth created the Easter Sunday carnage merely because of their ideologies with regard to Islamism. Pope Francis when he met President Maithripala Sirisena had asked him as to why there are so many conflicts in the world today. The President had said he did not know.

Then the Pope had said it is because of high production of weapons,” he also said. Cardinal Ranjith then referred to the UN and in that contest said it is being controlled by five nations only to fulfil their objectives. One cannot trust the UN. None of the UN officers has visited those who were affected by the bomb blasts but had only visited the suspects who have been arrested after the attack including the doctor who was at a centre of controversy,” he said in this regard. “Leaders in this country are scared to take bold decisions.

This is because they have allowed the international forces to move freely. One wonders whether the Easter Sunday mayhem could have been avoided. It could have been avoided. The Indian High Commission informed me that they warned the government several times on the impending attacks.

Investigations are being carried out on the attacks. We have been told that the report of one commission has come out. We have not seen it. Another committee is probing on it. We don’t have faith in any of these probes. It seems that the political leaders are getting one committee to submit a report according to their whims and fancies. However, probes on many incidents that took place since the 1970s have been swept under the carpet.

In addition, the intelligence services were destroyed. Suspects of Wanathawilluwa and Mawanella were released. Security Council meetings could not be held as a result of the conflict between the Executive and the Legislature. Political leaders neglected the prior warnings given on the bomb attack.

Almost 300 were killed as a result. Time has come to tell these leaders to go home and handover the nation to abled people. I would like to tell the Catholics to forgive those who are responsible for the attacks. Do not have a grudge on the Muslims. Do not harm them. They are not the ones to be blamed.,” he also said. (Yohan Perera) 

 

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  Comments - 9

  • Denis Mariasingam Monday, 22 July 2019 09:58 AM

    You should stay away from politics. it is very clear what and who you are behind. We Catholics so far have a good image among the community for not getting involved in politics. please stay away and do the preaching properly.

    ANTON Monday, 22 July 2019 09:59 AM

    DEFINITELY YES FATHER, WE'LL CONVINCE THEM ON ELECTION DAYS , HOPE OUR BUDDHIST AND HINDU BROTHERS AND SISTERS GIVE THEIR FULLEST SUPPORT IN THIS REGARD.

    Sam Perry Monday, 22 July 2019 10:02 AM

    Looks like he got the same report Wimal and pohottus have been quoting from all along. Shouldn't he reveal that to the police and make public the country he won't mention for fear of not being able to travel their in the future? This is a political statement just like our regular 8th standard pols make.

    Dhammika Monday, 22 July 2019 10:03 AM

    Thank you for telling the TRUTH .

    Aquarius Monday, 22 July 2019 11:06 AM

    Telling the truth is about shedding the light and not holding back information and misleading the public. Yes, we know our politicians should be sent packing but your approach is not helping, only spreading doubts with misleading information, like any politician.

    Rohan Karunanayake Monday, 22 July 2019 11:59 AM

    Thank you and well said. This is not politics. He has the country at heart. That is all.

    Ranjith Monday, 22 July 2019 03:05 PM

    refrain making political statements it is difficult to stop suicide attacks just look at Pakistan what is happening in their cities and mosque we send our Army for training in Pakistan it is shameful to repeat the same thing over and over again and making baseless allegations

    Mario Anthony Monday, 22 July 2019 03:37 PM

    Please don't turn a mass into a political stage. Please deliver a good sermon on Jesus Christ or the the Virgin Mary. If not just join BBS and let the many Roman Catholic priests who have been faithfully doing their service carry on their work.

    W.Katu Monday, 22 July 2019 04:34 PM

    Were the same powerful forces were behind the Manchester,London,and Paris bombing and who are these able people that you are talking about. Come out with the informations you have and help the investigation like that man from Negambo did instead of criticising.


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