Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Holy Father Bishop Paul Tan - What is Your Problem?

With the greatest respect to your good self Holy Father, I humbly ask, what is your problem?

Your Excellency come across and sounding, in this instance, more like a politician and lawyer than a priest.

I can understand that matters of Christian concerns are your domain but the subject party for any grievance, if any, is the Methodist Church, the Damansara Utama Methodist Church.

It is indeed incomprehensible that the Bishop of the Methodist Church, Bishop Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung is relatively silent, in this JAIS affair, as opposed to your Excellency.

Again it behoves me to ask if your Excellency's statements carried by Malaysiakini is your own personal view, like Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the Hudud issue, or is it the official view of the Catholic Church Malaysia or the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia or the Council of Churches of Malaysia.

And again also, Holy Father's neglect of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and now the Selangor State Constitution, is most disturbing.

I cannot comprehend why the need to have a confrontational and radical attitude when issues can be approached by cordial discourse through appropriate channels given Holy Father's many distinguished positions and hierarchy in the Malaysian Catholic Church.

Even if it is a matter of legal arguments, I must then be in the wrong Church because He said to them, "Then give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

It is my earnest prayer that your Excellency do not have a political agenda but by these actions it smacks as such.

It pains me because "Jesus never wanted to be involved in a political movement, and fled from every attempt to draw him into earthly questions and affairs."

So, again I humbly ask your good self Holy Father, what is your problem?

Added 5.35pm

I reiterate, this is another example of Opposition infiltration and manipulation of my Church to create discord and animosity among Muslims and Christians. It is also to sabotage and test the will of PM Datuk Seri Najib to address and abolish "draconian" laws such as the ISA. They are intended to force the PM's hand (and the Rakyat) to react thereby preventing Datuk Seri Najib realising these initiatives which is endearing the PM to the masses.


Anonymous said...

Priests are not only good for religious purposes.. To be a Christian means to fight for justice too. Which is clearly within the job scope of a priest.

Freddie Kevin said...

Anon 09.35,

I don't know what Christian denomination you are from but Catholic Priests Do Not Have a Political Mission

Appreciate the comment and thanks.

Anonymous said...

Religions people has been too over silent in this country, in returns it has been viewed as weak community group that many occasion has not been respected when comes to decision making or direction of this country...We do need people like this Bishop to be willing to say unpopular thing and standing up for issue, or else we will lost more than u can ever imaging.

Freddie Kevin said...

Anon 18:25,

To have civil discourse to resolve any religious grievance does not make one weak. Even if the issue begets an unsatisfactory result or is not resolved, Christians have in the past, before it became an organised entity, have flourished despite persecution.

Are we being thrown to the lions?
Are we being denied our right to practise our religion freely?

It's the question of evangelism, there lies the cause and answer to Christian disatisfaction (putting it mildly) and it's current confrontational attitude in Malaysia.

I will not go further than that.

Thank you for your comment.


Anonymous said...

When christianity is being trampled upon and as the head of the church it is his right and duty to defend it. The way you put it looks like the church is the trouble maker. You must be blind to the going on between the church and the ruling government all this while.
If they can take the right to us to use a "word" today, which is our given right, tomorrow they can take your right to pray, so where does it stop ? Sitting back doing nothing accepting subtle relegious persecution is not a solution...

Freddie Kevin said...

Anon 10.17,

Maybe you could enlighten me more on "going on between the church and the ruling government all this while".

The "word" is just a word. It has physical significance. I always maintatined there is an alternative. By the way, there is no such thing as "given" right. Do you have "given" rights as a Catholic within the catholic church?

Thank you or the comment. It is much appreciated.


Freddie Kevin said...

**It has no physical significance.