calls for action against Mannar Bishop
By Jayashika Padmasiri
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) yesterday called on the Catholic
Convention to take action against Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph
for allegedly making pro-LTTE statements.
JHU Spokesman Nishantha Sri Warnasingha told The Nation that
Archbishop Oswald Gomis was responsible for the prevailing state
of affairs today as he had failed to take any action against the
Mannar Bishop, who he said had once even requested a separate
Catholic Convention for the Eelam.
“Does he not belong to the Catholic Convention? Why isn’t the
Church taking any action against him? Recently the Church also
made another appeal to the government, demanding that the Madhu
area be declared a no man’s land. If they made this appeal
before the security forces liberated Madhu, then it is
justifiable. However, they are making it now, after the forces
liberated it, so this is unacceptable,” he said.
Warnasingha further said that the party would protest against
the government if they intended to listen to the appeal made by
the Catholic Convention and decide to declare Madhu a no man’s
He also expressed the party’s displeasure over the Convention’s
failure to respond to a letter sent to them by the JHU on the