Mangala impressed by Harin

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Former minister Mangala Samaraweera said today that he is impressed by Harin Fernando over the comments he recently made in relation to the Catholic Church.

“I am very impressed by Harin Fernando who has the courage of his convictions to challenge the hypocrisy of sections of the Catholic Church who seems to have forged an unholy alliance with the extremist Buddhist clergy supporting this majoritarian / facist regime,” Mr. Samaraweera tweeted.

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  • DHA Wednesday, 24 June 2020 04:15 PM

    Here we go again !

    Pradeep Wednesday, 24 June 2020 04:24 PM

    Very true

    Kusal Wednesday, 24 June 2020 04:29 PM

    Well said. Not too many people in society have the courage to voice their opinion under the present state of affairs in the country.

    eresh S kumara Wednesday, 24 June 2020 04:31 PM

    Not only you but also whole catholic community was impressed

    MP Wednesday, 24 June 2020 04:31 PM


    Darrel Wednesday, 24 June 2020 04:33 PM

    Not only Harin but it seems you are also a fool!

    Jay Jay Wednesday, 24 June 2020 05:11 PM

    I think its time for politicians like Mangala and Harin to get out of politics.

    Wijebahu Wednesday, 24 June 2020 05:43 PM

    Hats off for both. someone should come out with truth.

    Dhaya Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:06 PM

    If Sri Lanka as a nation has to prosper, Religion should be out of Politics. Advise of Religious leaders should be encouraged but not involve in politics.

    Sarath Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:08 PM

    Harin bravely highlighted that the cardinal is playing politics. Cardinal is a disgrace to Catholic church

    B. T. Fernando Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:24 PM

    Harin and Mangala can jointly take up bridal dressing!

    ari Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:26 PM

    You are easily impressed by pretty boys, we all know that !

    Hassanda Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:28 PM

    At some instance facts are true by open Opinion

    Gayan Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:38 PM

    For some people political bias/opinions are above his/her religion. Comments are made here based on political affiliations. Sad.

    Clau Eri Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:42 PM

    Both doesn't know how to use their education. This is how both learned in the school. Shame for their schools also.

    ala Wednesday, 24 June 2020 06:48 PM

    The cardinal is playing politics. He does not criticise the current militarization of society , MCC agreements etc. The catholic church did not raise its voice when journalist were killed by the Rajapaksha regime.

    lankan Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:01 PM

    mangala does not understand what this country needs and how the Buddhist monks have always come forward to save the country in the time of need his talk is good to the dustbin.

    Jay Jay Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:01 PM

    It amazes me on the number of so called Buddhists who are accusing the cardinal of dabbling in politics. The Yahapalanaya government knew about the bombings for some time and didn't do anything to protect its citizens. The Cardinal managed to stop further bloodshed. We have to be thankful for that. If he sounded political by criticizing the Yhapalanaya government, that's because he was hurting and angry that this tragedy was allowed to happen. Even if the Cardinal didn't say anything, the Catholics and other Christians would not have voted for UNP. In fact, due to the bombings, UNP lost some of the non Christian votes as well. Also lets not forget the utter nonsense that the UNP candidate was saying on stage. So, if people are quick to accuse the Cardinal, what do they have to say about all the Buddhist monks who are openly supporting and canvassing for political parties? Is that not dabbling in politics by religious leaders? Shame on all!

    Aquarius Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:09 PM

    Were you also impressed with his total silence before the Easter massacre when his father tipped him off about the impending attack?

    RF Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:10 PM

    Thumbs up to both to straight talk!

    Ramal Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:13 PM

    Agree. Just because something is told and done by a religious leader you cannot take it as true lying down. What is wrong in pointing out and telling what you feel. We are not living in the time of Socrates where he had to drink poison for telling the truth. Same for blasphemy laws. What can't you critically analyse something that is said in a religion? different religions teach different things... soooo where is the truth. ??

    Channa Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:26 PM

    Despite the individual political views of these two, we should commend their courage to come out and talk against this very destructive trend in SL- 'Religion driven politics'-- Hats off, way to Mangala

    Joshua Wednesday, 24 June 2020 07:30 PM

    It is not a secret that the cardinal was playing with politics. The same goes for Buddhist clergy too

    Ranjith Amarakoon Wednesday, 24 June 2020 08:25 PM

    Mangala's comments about the clergy was harmful to what ever the party he belongs to. Whatever his comments may be true but it affects the party. He should not make such comments as a senior politicians. Harin looks like following him, so unfortunate

    Devendra William Wednesday, 24 June 2020 09:00 PM

    I am a Catholic and fully agree with Harin in this matter.

    Nimal Wednesday, 24 June 2020 09:04 PM

    Dhaya, What you say is quite true. For that the Sri Lankan system of politicians creeping into religious places expecting votes and religious people creeping into politicians expecting favours must be eliminated. Politicians must leave religious people to their task and religious people must leave politics to politicians. No one should expect the other to scratch their backs.

    Ruwan Putha Wednesday, 24 June 2020 10:21 PM

    The "Birds of the same feather flock together". Though it was quoted in 1500, it is valid today. They seem to have got a contract to destroy Premadasa Junior. It is known as mutual destruction.

    S.P.Ramkumar Wednesday, 24 June 2020 11:38 PM

    Harin Fernando is right. Cardinal is doing uneathical politics. Roman Catholic churches never do ethnocentric politics. But Cardinal do this in SriLanka. He should be removed from his Eminent title. Cardinal Cooray is a grate saint.

    James Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:11 AM

    We need more people like you both.

    ram Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:29 AM

    I agree with you. Religion has no place in politics whether it is Hindu or Muslim or Christian or Buddhist.

    Ranjith Thursday, 25 June 2020 10:56 AM

    In Sri Lanka, the truth and what the people wants to hear from politicians are having a big gap. Hence the majority of Politicians sing popular slogans to make people cheerful. Basically politicians those who deceive people the best will win.

    MP Thursday, 25 June 2020 11:06 AM


    Nalin Perera Thursday, 25 June 2020 11:29 AM

    True. This Cardinal is openly playing politics and pandering to racist buddhist monks.

    Lol Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:11 PM

    Past cardinals were a great examples of how catholic church should be but now cardinal is full of politics. I am a catholic and I even felt this way before the bombings as well. Now cardinal is biased.

    Kamal Peris Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:25 PM

    Hats off to both of them for standing up against Rajapaksas. That is more important for us than insulting Cardinal or Jesus.

    Raj Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:29 PM

    Looks like Cardinal thinks if a church is bombed by a person belonged to a community, the affected community has a birth right to attack another community. And he the Great savior prevented such a birth right being exercised and we all have to be so thankful to him. The lethargic police should enforce the law to the letter in such a scenario rather than shooting people who did not stop at a checkpoint.

    MP Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:32 PM


    Anoosh Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:41 PM

    Why feel guilty if you have done nothing. Everyone has the freedom of speech and truth is bitter.

    Anoosh Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:47 PM

    Now it is time for a change in "Archbishop" of Sri Lanka.

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