A member of the clergy who requested anonymity said that the priests who signed a recent petition were waiting to see if the Government implemented the recommendations made in the LLRC report.
The clergy member recently signed a petition calling for an independent, impartial inquiry into accountability issues in the last stages of the war. 31 priests, many from the North and East, signed the petition, which caused an uproar in the Catholic community, as it seemed to be directly contradicting Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s statement on the issue.
Following that, members of the JHU called for the prosecution of the Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, who had also signed the petition. The Bishop declined to comment on the matter.