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By L. B Senaratna

The election of a Bishop for the Diocese of Kurunegala has run into a legal battle, with the Venerable Neel Wasantha Wimalaratne filing a case in the District Court of Kandy claiming that certain procedures have not been adopted for the election of a Bishop for Kurunegala.

Additional District Judge Rohan Jayawardene has issued notice on five respondents to show cause as to why an interim injunction should not be issued over the election of the Bishop for the Diocese of Kurunegala.

According to the Constitution an Electoral Body was elected on 19.09.2009 for the purpose of electing a Bishop for the Diocese of Kurunegala.  It comprised of six members of the clergy and six lay members.

On 31st December 2009 a vacancy for a Bishop was created with the resignation of Bishop Kumar Illangasinghe.

The Plaintiff has submitted to Court that if a Bishop could not be elected then all Bishops should consult the Consultative Body and seek a decision.

At the 54 Annual Meeting a Consultative Committee had not been elected.

The Plaintiff had filed this action on the premise that there was to be a meeting on 3rd April 2010 to submit names for the election of a Bishop for the Diocese of Kurunegala.

The Plaintiff has sought the intervention of the Court to prevent the election of a Bishop for the Diocese of  Kurunegala violating A-3-14 of  the Constitution of the Church of Ceylon and seeking an injunction. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 19

  • Wednesday, 07 April 2010 08:57 AM

    This incident is not related to the catholic church and good if you mention that ,too.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 09:13 AM

    This is much better compared to monks entering parliament!

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 06:55 PM

    This is not for the Catholic diocese of Kurunegala. The Bishop for Catholic diocese of Kurunegale is Rt. Rev. Dr. Harold Anthony Perera. I think ths is for the Anglican diocese of Kurunegala.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:30 PM

    This illustrates the respect that a group of Christians have for their constitution. ... If we are to become a law-abiding country, then, we must respect the law, whether we like it or not.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 08:46 PM


    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 05:20 AM

    Is this plaintiff another MORATU BISHOP ?

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 05:36 AM

    Sex scandals, Court orders where is the catholic church heading?

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 05:53 AM

    Oh,My God!!!Nothing in this land works without controvercy!!

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 06:10 AM

    These days every thing end up in Court.Even Bishop’s appointment

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 06:13 AM

    Ha Ha election malpractices are prevailing even in religious bodies.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 06:26 AM

    what a shame , should have settled it out of court.
    my prayer is , “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”Luke:23:34 (NKJV)

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 06:33 AM

    The holy horrors are fighting amongst themselves what do you expect the laymen to do.Posted by Rohan Seneviratne

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 06:41 AM

    Bishop Duleep de Chikera is answerable as being a very justice man in all national issues should resolve this in a spiritual manner.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:12 AM

    How funny it is.May God bless you all.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:30 AM

    God is above the Law... or...Law is above the God ?.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:33 AM

    Pray the Lord...but don't forget the Law !

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:34 AM

    Fighting for Lord's Manape !.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:35 AM

    Let the God decide !.

    Wednesday, 07 April 2010 07:59 AM

    Looks like catholicsm getting politicised?? Jesus neer did this kind of things?

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