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The open economy has destroyed the social norms and values practiced by the people of this country, Colombo's Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said.

He said this at the festive mass of Our Lady of Madu earlier this week.

“Open economy has destroyed this country’s culture norms and values especially among parents. Children were given the foremost place in our country. However the open economy has destroyed this because both parents have to work to support a family," the Cardinal said. “Women go to work leaving their children with others. They have to work because the cost of living is high. However if one brings children into this world they should be looked after and should be brought up in a proper manner. If your child goes astray the money you earn by working go waste. Children should be brought up with good values. Late Pope Jahn Paul in hi encyclical on labour said a salary should be paid to non working mothers who stay at home to look after their children. This will encourage them and will help them to realize the importance of the hard work they do to bring up children. If not the money a working father and mother earn will go waste.”

He said Pope Francis in his encyclical on the family said the period when a mother bears her child within her is a most important and valuable time of her life and await child birth with eager anticipation.

"They consider motherhood as a blessing. Today many mothers do not want to give birth to children. They abandon their children and their childhood is taken away from them. We are living in a society where children are rejected. No one knows that their next child is going to bring great blessings, 

However children are being rejected continuously. At the same time we curse god when we lose these blessings. Some countries give great emphasis to children’s rights. Elaborate statements are made on children’s rights. However the rejecting children have become a norm in most of these countries. The societies today goes beyond legalizing abortion and even reject children who are already born,” the Cardinal said.

  Comments - 18

  • shiraz_123 Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:25 AM

    Advertisements i seen in UK, "Bringing up a child.If you are bringing up a child, there may be benefits, grants or other financial support available to you"Every think it is possible,the way of our think.....

    Sea Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:46 AM

    Why talking about it now?

    Siripala Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:52 AM

    Everyone seems to be knowledgeable apart from their vocation and wants to administer the country.

    Dinith Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:56 AM

    100% true

    Patriot Saturday, 18 August 2018 12:16 PM

    Hope government is listening to you and come up with similar idea in the budget 2019 to pay salary to non-working mothers who take care of their children and are the future leaders of this Blessed country and breadwinners.

    Saranga Saturday, 18 August 2018 01:41 PM

    Funny enoughIn SL doctors, politicians and religious leaders are all economists whilst real estate have either left or planning to leave the country due to this hilarious mindset.

    Mahinda Saturday, 18 August 2018 02:24 PM

    Well said sir late top economist deshyamanya Dr. Jayantha Kelegama highlighted this long time back.

    Leo Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:08 PM

    You are absolutely right's poeple are brainwashed to believe anything foreign is good. They have lost pride in their country and identity. Poepke have been brainwashed to blame politicians for everything.. sri Lanka could still become a paradise of people live with a conscience.....

    Yehiya Saturday, 18 August 2018 03:12 PM

    Religious leader's are failed to do the job. They comes to political

    MP for Ja-ela Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:38 PM

    His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith's statement comes in very appropriate moment. Country should be ready to face imminent future economic crisis that can be awake in the Asian region as well as Worldwide.

    Kamal Saturday, 18 August 2018 04:53 PM

    Dear Honourable Cardinal Please don’t jump on the bandwagon of religious leadersWho have suddenly become legislative economic and policy pundits with no education or qualifications on these subjects please stick to guiding and leading your faith Thank you

    lokka Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:03 PM

    you got no work in the church

    Catholic SL Saturday, 18 August 2018 06:05 PM

    First of all the Cardinal should worry about his own flock. The corruption and rape within the church should be his main focus today. We hear about this not only in SL but all over the world. Cardinal is no expert in Economics so he should leave that to the experts and mind his own flock and business. We have lot of issues within the Catholic priest community.

    Lankanath Saturday, 18 August 2018 07:18 PM

    Dear ! Cardinal ! Just !stick to your proffession !!(that is religion !!--(dont make any comments regarding economic policies !!((or yu will look like stupid !!!????)

    PHILIP Sunday, 19 August 2018 12:00 PM

    who is this guy supporting? please mind our business and do church work

    The Good One Monday, 20 August 2018 09:29 AM

    Yeah the open economy destroyed those values. Everyone know, and everyone preach about this for decades now. As an associate of one of the world largest economies, the Vatican, whats your advice then?How we could get emerged from this mess?

    Valuer Monday, 20 August 2018 11:08 AM

    Agreed, let’s bring in communism. Ban all religions!!! Sorry purge all religions . Welcome cultural revolution, welcome Stalin’s purges . Hooray !

    Joseph Monday, 20 August 2018 12:01 PM

    The problem is not the open economy. The the religious leaders much as the political ladders are responsible . Don't blame the open economy. Worst thins happen in closed economies as well.

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