27th April 16:16
Lying through the teeth
The Catholic Church of Sri Lanka has vociferously vindicated the LTTE
from downright local and international opprobrium.
They claim in a public statement that the Madu Statue was not removed
further into the LTTE-held area due to any LTTE pressure. They also
claim that since the new place of housing for the holy statue was
selected because the majority of Mannar Catholics live in that area.
Having read the statemnt, I was thinking to myself, "do we look stupid
Why didn't Bishop Rayappu Joeseph and the rest of the Bishops did not
consult the Sri Lankan Government and its security forces before
deciding on the removal of the statue?
Or did Bishop Rayappu not inform his superiors of his move?
As the Catholic Church's statement implies, if the statue was not
removed in a haste fearing its security, then it must have been a
calculated move by the Bishop. If so, didn't Bishop Rayappu Joeseph
had enough time and conviction to consult his superiors before making
the move, if he was entertaining an iota of idea to make a safe
passage with the holy statue to the government-controlled area?
Or did he actually not have enough time? And if he hadn't, why didn't
Was the State security forces threatening him to destroy the Madu
shrine and the statue? Who was he afraid of? If the statement by the
Bishop collective is to be believed, it is evident that the Bishop was
under threat form some quarter, otherwise there wouldn't have been any
necessity to remove the Madu statue in the first place. But since the
statement says the LTTE was not to be blamed, it sure implies the
whole threat must have been from the State security forces.
On the other hand, if Bishop Rayappu Joeseph had actually informed his
superiors before removing the holy statue, why didn't the Bishop
collective go for the alternative to consult the Government? Were they
thinking that the State security forces were not capable of
facilitating the safe, temporary transfer of the holy statue to a
government controlled area? If they were not under any pressure from
the LTTE, as they claim, they could have easily asked for the help of
the government to facilitate the removal.
Yet It didn't happen.
And yet, the Bishops claim that they were not pressured by the LTTE to
remove the holy statue into the LTTE-held territory!
Then, why did Bishop Rayappu chose to clandestinely whisk the holy
statue into the enemy territory and then make it public? Did the
Bishop deduce that the statue is more at risk from the Sri Lankan
security forces, who have pledged and kept strictly to their word not
to attack the holy premises from the very outset, while the LTTE was
blatantly violating the sanctity of the Madu shrine premises all the
Or else, had it been a ?one-man' show by Bisho Rayappu and a
subsequent clandestine effort by the Catolic Churh to cover up the
reality and safeguard some ulterior motives of Bishop Rayappu?
Most importantly, why does Bishop Rayappu say that the statue was
removed to Thevanpiddi because the majority of Mannar Catholics live
there? Is he asserting that the Holy Statue does not belong to the
rest of the Catholics who lives in thousands in areas in the liberated
areas in the South?
Who do they think the public are? Punnakku eating gullible lot? Oh