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Colombo’s Archbishop His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday asked for a probe into those individuals who identify themselves as Christin pastors and indulge in unethical conversions targeting celebrities such as artistes, sportsmen, accomplished women and businessmen.

He stressed the need to work out a legal procedure to regulate the activities of ‘such persons’.

Cardinal Ranjith who highlighted this issue in a news conference yesterday urged the government to watch over these persons who call themselves pastors and probe their international masters and institutions funding them. He asked the government to examine their qualifications and what kind of training they had undergone as preachers.

“The Roman Catholic church has a certain administration structure, a regulatory system, an internationally accepted leader.the members of the clergy are probed whenever allegations are made against them. However if a probe is not conducted on these so-called pastors, it will affect the harmonious relationship among different religions in this country. There is no transparency when it comes to the activities of these persons,” Cardinal Ranjith said. (YOHAN PERERA)

  Comments - 16

  • Michael Ranasinghe Friday, 12 February 2021 02:07 PM

    We have enough issues to worry about and I agree with the Cardinal that these fraudulent prophets and pastors must be immediately banned and investigated . They are wrecking society

    Fernand Rey Friday, 12 February 2021 02:56 PM

    This is against religious freedom. How can Cardinal talk about other religions or sects. He should mind about his group. It is one's choice to join any religious faith.

    Atula Silva Friday, 12 February 2021 02:16 PM

    Very true this conversation are like cancer in southeast countries. Recently j heard even sanga and his wife caught in the trap.

    Kandy Budhist Friday, 12 February 2021 02:21 PM

    YES. Cheaters misguide poor people in Srilanka. They give BRIYANI and Plastic goods to convert them.

    Tony Friday, 12 February 2021 02:22 PM

    Let him who is without a sin cast the first stone.

    BuffaloaCitizen Friday, 12 February 2021 02:23 PM

    Cardinal is dancing to the tune of idiotic Sinhalese Buddhist Monks who are giving a hard time to Victor Ratnayake for converting to Christianity. Jesus Christ was a preacher, healer

    Ram Friday, 12 February 2021 02:23 PM

    Look up the history of Sri Lanka where in the olden days how people were converted to Christianity with money land and other perks

    RoaringCreek Friday, 12 February 2021 02:33 PM

    Come on, I thought there was this all mighty God. Now you ask help from mortals. No nice!

    Anton Weerasinghe Friday, 12 February 2021 02:40 PM

    Sri Lankans are famous to go behind myths (like dammika Paniya), and these blood sucker pastors (money suckers) flees the little money these ignorant followers have. These so called holy godly pastors are supposed to communicate with god directly, in what language, does any body knows.

    Anton Friday, 12 February 2021 02:41 PM

    Right move otherwise the majority will turn against them before long.Sangha Victor R

    VJ Friday, 12 February 2021 06:58 PM


    Sammy Saturday, 13 February 2021 11:27 AM

    Large sums of money from International sources are used in propagation by Evangelist groups who indulge in unethical conversions.

    Mike Revere Saturday, 13 February 2021 12:28 PM

    Cardinal, You will never get out of Purgatory for what you are doing now. Collect some finances for your bomb victims and distribute

    Between Heaven or Hell? Friday, 19 February 2021 04:41 PM

    Where about is this place called Purgatory?

    Mr.Samy Selvarajah Saturday, 13 February 2021 08:00 PM

    I agree with the Buffalo Citizen. Jesus Christ was a preacher, healer and he spread the word of God, as in the Bible. Christian Pastors are educated through the Bible College and preach the word of God. The Catholic Bishop is talking like a Buddhist. God bless them all. I pray in the name of Jesus.

    Anil Fernando Sunday, 14 February 2021 10:51 PM

    Cardinal, Your ancestors would have converted from buddhism to Catholicism after the Portugese arrived. So what's wrong with conversions ?

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