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Friday, March 5, 2010

Malaysian Archbishop rues government failure to act on desecration

CCO March 4: Archbishop Murphy Pakiam of Kuala Lumpur has denounced a decision by the Malaysian government not to prosecute journalists who desecrated the Eucharist.

The attorney general of Malaysia, Abdul Gani Patail, said that the government saw no reason to take action against two reporters from the journal Al Islam, who had attended Mass and received Communion as part of their investigation into complaints that Catholics were seeking to convert Muslims. The reporters said that they had later spat out the Blessed Sacrament, stirring outrage among Catholics. But the attorney general, after studying the case, concluded that the reporters "did not intend to offend anyone," but acted out of "sheer ignorance."

Archbishop Pakiam said that the Church was willing to forgive the journalists, and would not pursue any legal action, if Al Islam merely apologized for the episode. But he said that the government's failure to intervene "would appear to legitimize" the reporters' behavior.

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  1. Al-Islam had apologized - says sorry.

  2. The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism,Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism has come out strongly against the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail for not taking the appropriate action against two Al-Islam journalists who had entered a church to spy on its goings-on.

    “Would he (Gani) have done the same if someone had entered a mosque on the same pretext?" council president Thomas Philip asked.

    “How can he allow this? Let us not have two standards when we are preaching 1Malaysia. The rule must be same for all," he added.