Thursday, September 29, 2011

When Religious leaders think they are lawmakers

I have said it before, that the Catholic Church has been compromised, and in recent times the pulpit has been made into a 'ceramah' podium.

I am sure that there are many Catholics out there too who share the same sentiments but have been silent about the issue. Not all agree with what Bishop Paul Tan has to say, and here is another Catholic who shares the same opinion.

Maybe Father OC Lim, Paulino Miranda and Bishop Paul Tan has been attending one conference too many, and have blind sighted themselves by ignoring the Federal Constitution.

If anything with recent comments about the Hudud issue (which was raised by none other than PAS Mursyidul Am -Spiritual Adviser Nik Aziz, and supported by Anwar Ibrahim while opposed by DAP leaders like Karpal Singh and Lim Guan Eng ), one would think that it would be between politicians to sort out the matter.

However Bishop Paul Tan had to weigh in with his comments, reported in Harakah.

In my previous posting on the involvement of catholic priests using the pulpit to voice their anti-government sentiments, Arch-Bishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam did not respond to my queries nor did his office reply my email. I guess, with Bishop Paul Tan's statement, it would be a good time for me to call him again.

It was pointed to me that the Church was always political as time in memorial. In fact my friend even said that the church should stand up if it feels there is injustice from the faithful perspective.

I suppose it was to certain extent, in countries where the faith was majority amongst the population.

But in a country with democratically elected government, how is the church involvement in politics any good for believers by propagating anti-government messages?

How is it beneficial for the Catholic faith to support the capital punishment of muslims caught in situations where the need to cut off their hands be any benefit for society at large?

Close your eyes when your neighbour gets his hands cut off, simply because it is 'their' wish? And the guarantee that those who do not believe get to keep theirs?

Bishop, what would it be then if a Catholic convert were to face that punishment, and when the time comes, claim that he is more Catholic than he is Muslim? Then what?

Let's not play this game without fully understanding the consequences, shall we? And if you feel a desire to speak in your position as a leader in the church, can you step out from that robe and enter the ring as a politician?

And, please put a cap to what your mah-chais will say come Sunday sermon!

There is the Federal Constitution, and there are laws to keep peace and security in the country. Try to understand that first, and if there are some who think that they are still persecuted religiously, try to see it from a Muslim perspective too. What next Bishop? Line up and throw stones at the adulterer when you are invited by 'them'?

If indeed the church has to stand up for injustice, how is cutting anyone's hands or stoning justified from the church perspective? If so, then what?

In today's day and age, there is no room for anything as barbaric (though citing religion as reason), and I would say the same too if this was a capital punishment under Canon Law. I would object the same.

But here is the clincher - is the Church part of the wayang kulit desgined to hoodwink Malaysians yet again? or is it just me to remember that a day after this is some 'God sent' politician's day of reckoning for that improper entry of the exit area?

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