The Catholic Church and the Crusade of Cardinal Malcom Ranjith.
Posted on November 10th, 2010

by Charles.S.Perera

The Catholic Church  never stood for patriotism in any country? It is only a papal presence, bereft of attachment to the country where the Church is located.  Above all  the Catholic Church is not a progressive institution.

On the 24 October, 2010 Young Asia Television interviewed Ms.Sanja Sarnavka of B.a.B.e, Human Rights House, Croatia, who was a representative from Croatia to the International Women’s Rights Activists Asia Pacific and Women and Media Collective  Conference held in Colombo.  She said that for 40 years the Catholic Church  had been kept away by the Communist Regimes in a country which is  about 90 percent Catholic. But she said the Catholic Church is active once  again,  and that it is already too much.  In Croatia the Catholic Church even looks down upon women taking to politics and the Catholic Priests go  to  the Church to tell the people to whom they should vote.

We had the same scenario  enacted by the Catholic Action in the 1950s,  and now with Malcolm Ranjith back on the scene with the cassock  of a Cardinal things seem to be getting worse than it was with Catholic Action.

The Catholic Church had always looked after its own  interest from the very early days.  The Popes waged wars to impose its “holy” rule. These wars were called “holy wars” in which thousands of non believers were killed. 

It did not matter  to the Popes how many are killed or who were killed as long as they continued with their Crusades,  ” In a.d. 622, Catholics fought and were defeated in a crusade against the Persians and the Jews. Some 60,000 Catholics were killed and 35,000 enslaved. The fall of Jerusalem left the Catholic world shocked and mourning.”

“The Crusades were a series of Roman Catholic “holy” wars to wrest control of the Holy Land from Muslims. They produced some of the bloodiest battles in history. Did you ever wonder how the Catholics reconcile that “holy” slaughter with the Bible, which states, “Thou shalt not kill”? Or how they can read the Sermon on the Mount and still lead the religious world in spilling rivers of blood?

They are called the Christian Crusades. That label itself is a deception. They were primarily Catholic crusades. Other Christian religions have their problems, but let’s not blame them for what the Catholics did””‚and will do. “

The Catholic Church will not change. During the World War II the role  of the Catholic Church was extremely hypocritical.  It never spoke against the holocaust, but kept silent to safeguard the Church from Hitler’s wrath.

Pope Pius XII’s (1876-1958) actions during the Holocaust remain controversial. For much of the war, he maintained a public front of indifference and remained silent while German atrocities were committed. He refused pleas for help on the grounds of neutrality, while making statements condemning injustices in general. Privately, he sheltered a small number of Jews and spoke to a few select officials, encouraging them to help the Jews”.

Some Popes even lead armies to ” righteous” wars:  “Pope Urban II unleashed a savage Catholic army and started these later Crusades. This “righteous” army marched 3,000 miles to conquer the Holy Land.

Here is an excerpt from the book Crusades, by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira, which became a bbc television series: “By summoning an army under the banner of the cross, the pope was extending the church’s mantle over all Christendom. This was the idea at the very heart of the revolutionary papacy; in place of separate local churches at the center of discrete communities, there was to be one overarching church, ruled by one overarching pope.”

It is here that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon should appoint a Panel to investigate the killing of perhaps  millions  of innocent people in  the “holy Crusades” of the Catholic Popes for no other reason than not believing in their God. 

For the Cardinal Malcolm R,  Prabhakaran was the thalaivar -the Sun God, who killed the innocents in his ” holy war”  to capture his ” holy land” from the Government of Sri Lanka to establish his  homeland. The God is faceless, he can appear any where in any form, perhaps for the Catholic Church  in Sri Lanka terrorist Prabhakaran was the “faceless God”.  Otherwise we cannot understand the Sri Lanka Catholic Church’s pre-occupation with the terrorists.

There is nothing surprising in  Bishop Malcolm Ranjith receiving  the “holy  ensign” of “Cardinal”.  That is his armour to carry his Crusade against the Government of Sri Lanka, to fulfil the terrorist Velupillai Prabhakaran’s  unfulfilled dream  of setting up the “Tamil Homeland”

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith  was ably supported by his “Soldiers” Shamil Perera, Father G.Sigamany, in the “Crusade” of presenting their case on  the grievances of minorities to the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. 

All they said about the changes necessary for the National Reconciliation had been carefully studied to keep  the North and East an ethnically pure Tamil territory, and all impediments for a future rising of Tamil terrorism be removed.  The Catholic Church and its God have no love to the people or the country, but they have the love for their Church with which they have the privileges that none  has in Sri Lanka , including even the Buddhists Monks.

With those privileges Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, begins his Holy war with the blessings of the Pope Benedict XVI.

Sri Lanka has had experience of these Crusades of the Church in late 1950s the Catholic Action was very active not providing  spiritual guidance to the people, but to stabilise and strengthen the influence of the Catholic Church in the country by demanding the congregation at Church services to vote for the political party of its choice which was of course the UNP a Political party as reactrionary as the Catholic Church.. 

The Catholic Church in Kotahena was the Centre for Catholic action.  It was said then that any problem regarding   an administrative or judicial matter could be solved by merely  addressing a note to Holy Mother Mary  giving the details of the problem with one’s personal details and put it into  the box provided for the purpose, and miraculously, it seems  the problems were solved within days or weeks.

The Church, the father mother son and the holy ghost, the  confessions, and  prayers were all a means to strengthen the voice of the Church, to control, make or unmake governments.

The Catholic action were very active  not only within the Catholic Churches but out side in Government Departments and in the public sector.

“The Press Commission Report (1964) of Mr. Justice K.D. de Silva, makes glaring references to the work of Catholic Action in the media and its control of leading newspapers in the country. The BJB presented invaluable evidence to the Press Commission on Catholic Action. Catholic Action was behind the failed Catholic Army Officers Coup in 1962 to overthrow the legitimately elected government of Mrs. Bandaranayaka.

The Catholic Action worked in a subtle way without attracting attention of the public.  It was thanks to late Mr.H.L.Mettananda and the Bauddha Janatha Balavegaya that the Catholic Action was exposed.

“A significant development during the 1960’s was the emergence of the outspoken Mr. L.H. Mettananda and his Bauddha Jatika Balavagaya ( BJB ) which was instrumental in exposing the work of Catholic Action and its control over Sri Lanka’s mass media. The seeds for the current Buddhist Revival campaign were laid by Mr. Mettananda who played a singular role in writing the Buddhist Commission Report in 1956. This report had strong impact on political developments in the country at that time. “

Unfortunately the Catholic Church has this time come out publicly in its crusade to divide the country and the people as, the President Mahinda Rajapakse gave in too much of leeway for the Catholic Church to interfere into the affairs of the country.

“Catholic Action which remained dormant until 1977 raised its head again, and has been a key player in the moves to create religious and communal tension in Sri Lanka by playing one community against the other (against the so – called ‘ majoritarianism ‘ of the Sinhala Buddhists). Most Sinhala Buddhists are aware that the Marga Institute, National Peace Council, Centre for Policy Alternatives, Caritas, Opus Dei, are all leading Christian NGOs working under the direction of Catholic Action.”

Catholic Church did not only get involved in reactionary politics in Sri Lanka but Pope John Paul II also issued strictures against Buddhism.

“But Pope John Paul II threw water on that fire in 1994’s Crossing the Threshold of Hope with comments regarding Buddhism that received a good amount of press at the time (and also a lot of debate). In his comments, our late pontiff really didn’t pull any punches, calling Buddhism “in large measure an “ƒ”¹…”atheistic’ system’.” He pulled the carpet out from under comparisons to Catholicism by pointing out that the ultimate end of man for Christians is union with God, while for Buddhists it is Nirvana (complete detachment, or a state of nothingness).” (http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/20722/)

In Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul asserts that “the ‘enlightenment’ experienced by the Buddha comes down to the conviction that the world is bad, that it is the source of evil and suffering for man” (p.85). No doubt the fact that the book consistently encloses the word “enlightenment” in quotation marks already suggests that the Pope’s attitude to Buddhism is not an appreciative one. This suggestion is confirmed by his manner of characterizing the content of the enlightenment, which reduces the Buddha’s great awakening beneath the Bodhi tree to a caricature. (http://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_30.html)

The Catholic Clergy , who are intelligent people, know of the non-existence of a God, but they have to keep up the lie to perpetuate the kingdom of the God, as the believers have been  duped to accept it. The people who have blindly adhered to it, making use of their blind attachment to its faith for various reasons political power, financial welfare and social recognition and so forth , uses that spiritual identity to maintain a privileged position in the Christian societies the world over.

 “These apparent similarities led to heightened Catholic interest in Buddhism with the rise of the New Age movement in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Some imagined that Buddhism had many new insights to offer to Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular due to their supposed compatibilities.”

“Interestingly, some critics of the Pope’s remarks stated with vigor that Buddhism is not “atheistic”. Counter attacks varied. One Buddhist commented in rebuttal that followers of Buddha believe that he was the “teacher of gods and men”, and that some Buddhists believe in multiple deities or spirits that look after the affairs of both men and nature. Others pointed out that certain teachings of Buddha specifically point to an uncreated being without which nothing would be in existence.

Please note that though these arguments object to the Pope’s characterization of Buddhism, they in fact do nothing to bring it closer to Catholicism”.

(http://www.standfirminfaith.com/index.php/site/article/20722/)

This is the Background of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka who pretends to work for the poor but in fact feathering it own nest so to say.

Some say “the good Cardinal has his own reasons for the statements he made”¦”  We are sure he has some reason , we only hope they aren’t sinister”¦.

What can  the Cardinal if he is a real patriot of Sri Lanka, besides his Crusade for the holy Church, could do for the progress and development of our mother land ?

10 Responses to “The Catholic Church and the Crusade of Cardinal Malcom Ranjith.”

  1. cw Says:

    Where are our JVP patriots, Ven Maduluwave Sobhitha et al now? What do thy think of these commnets?

  2. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Catholic Church tells “Buddhism” is the problem for Tamils in N/E but the same Church tells Hindus are the problem for Sinhalese in the South. Because of the Language issue both parties swallow the venom of Catholic Church. Do the Hindus and Buddhists have any problems based on religion?

  3. Kit Athul Says:

    What Charles left out was an organization much dangerous than CATHOLIC ACTION. CARITAS was and is very active in regrouping to creat a Tamil only northern province. They are recruiting rehabilitated Tamil terrorists to regroup and fund an organization that will resemble a political party. Then, they will request India to create a LITTLE INDIA similar to the one that was created in Malaysia few weeks ago by the Indian Prime Minister. To counter this threat, SINHALA settlement in Jaffna must be accelerated.

  4. Nanda Says:

    Mudali,
    Buddhist have no problem with any religion , because they are they consider them as ignorant people not as evil people.
    But Hindus have a problem with Buddhists and they try to avoid this by saying Buddhism is a side shoot of Hinduism. What nonsence.

  5. M.S.MUdali Says:

    Buddha was a Hindu and Hindus always believe Buddhism is a branch of Hindu religion.

  6. A. Sooriarachi Says:

    Buddha was born a Hindu but He did not practice Hinduism after He attained enlightenment. It is true Buddha respected all other religions and the Hindus consider Him one of their saints but He did not agree with most Hindu beliefs.

  7. Naram Says:

    In Buddha’s time, religion and power was in the Hands of Hindu priests, that is Brahminns.

    They controlled the society by the use of a belief system, written in Vedas transferred down the generations and reading and writing ability was a guarded monopoly of the Brahmins, same as sword fighting archeryetc. were the monopoly of Kshtriyas; theCivicpractices, oberving Sil on poyadays etc are Hindu religions.

    Buddha opposed the nasty side of Hindu religion, Caste defining ones lot in life, mass slaughter of animals to please Rain gods, It is said that the practice extended to forcing a queen to commit sex actswith a horse to bring rain while priests enjoyed a big meal -‘Ashva Yaga’!

    There was a high degree of religious freedom argument, Buddhists, Jains, various forest dwelling Sanyasis, Hindus lived side by side.

    Buddha made his sermons in the laguage of the folks – Magadha, not in Sanskrit the language of the Brahmins and Pundits. Kings ruling under the advice of the Brahmins rarely avowed much partiality to one religion over the other. Good account of the times isavailable in Martin Wickramasinghe’s thoughts on the times ‘Bhava Tharanaya’.

    In comparison Catholics took no prisoners in thematters of religion – beheading burning at the stae was the answer to uppity folks for reading the Bible in translation in England or in Netherlands or Switzerland in the 14th to 17 th century. The characters who carried out these mass murders like Thomas Moore in the time of Henry VIII were beautified to Sainthood. Popes considers themselves Emperors of Universe; quite recently the Pope opposed Police investigations into crimes like rape committed by priests as an intrusion into the sactitiy of religion.

  8. De Costa Says:

    Mudali,
    Even now, some Hindus practice mass sacrifices of animals but Hindu Brahmins are vegetarians ! What a hypocrisy and stupidity ! Can you explain it without using racist comments ?
    Buddha’s time Brahmins were famous for animal sacrifices – no word of Hinduism existed that time but Vedic scriptures were ancient even that times. You cannot claim Vedic scripts as Hindu. Hinduism is a more modern religion evolved from Vedic, Brahmanism and borrowing of 100% peaceful aspects of Buddhism. In that way one could argue that Hinduism as an off shoot of Buddhism, not the other way around.
    Buddha was never a Hindu. There were many religions including Jainism ( Nighanta natha puthha ) that time and Brahmanism which the arrogant Indian call same as Hinduism.

  9. De Costa Says:

    CW,
    JVP patriots are overseas. betraying and badmouthing Sri Lanka – together with Arjuna the coward.

  10. Fran Diaz Says:

    While it is true that Prince Siddhartha, later to be the Buddha, was born to a Hindu family, he explored further wanting to know God/Truth for himself. In the times of Prince Siddhartha, the Untouchables were there too, as it was inculcated into the Hindu religion itself through the Laws of Manu, over 3,000 yrs ago. As the Buddha, he realised that the Untouchables (later known as Dalits) of India were suffering, and as such stated the Vasala Suthra, in which he said that “a person is never low born by birth; only by one’s actions is one low born or high born”. He ordained Untouchables into his Sangha, and some became Arahats, proving his point of the Vasala Suthra.
    In more recent times, Dr Ambedka, who was born into a so-called Dalit family, who was the Father of the Indian Constitution, became a Buddhist, and worked tirelessly for the Buddhist Sasana. Many thousands of Dalits converted to Buddhism during his times. Hence, in some parts of India, Buddhism is thought of as ‘inferior’ to Hinduism by Higher Caste Hindu people. This is an incorrect attitude. In other parts of India, Buddhism is considered as ‘refined Hinduism’, which is probably more accurate. Today, India has some 165 Million people of Dalit origin.

    Hinduism is a great religion, if it jettisons the Dalit aspects completely. And, we think, not enough attention is paid to the great Yogas as taught in Hinduism. Yoga means ‘yoke’ to union with the Godhead within EVERY human being. The Yogas were reserved, in the olden days, to serve the Higher Caste Indian people only. In modern times, this need not be so.

    Kriya Yoga (Union with God/Truth, through Action), Bhakthi Yoga (through Devotion), Gnana Yoga (through the Intellect) & the greatest of all Yogas, Raj Yoga (through Meditation, & Service to God/Truth), – all these Yogas should be now available to one and all.
    Hindu people all over the world should embrace the Yogas and have less to do with idol worship.

    The same is true for Buddhists : more Meditation & Service to God/Truth with less rituals. Since God/Truth resides in the Hearts of every human being, service to Mankind is service to God/Truth. This is true also for Christianity, if the true teachings of Christ are to be followed.

    Above written with good intent for both the Hindu, Buddhist & Christian nations, to clear away confusion.

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