Sunday, March 20, 2011

Did George Cardinal Forget to Welcome His Old Classmate?

On 16 December 1966, George Pell was ordained a priest by Cardinal Grégoire-Pierre Agagianian at St. Peter's Basilica. In that same ordination group was  Emmanuel Seemampillai popularly known as  S.J.  Emmanual

Fr SJ Emmanuel has been described by Rev Jessie Jackson, the rights activist in USA  as the “Archbishop Tutu of the Tamil struggle”. Fr Emmanual visited Australia in February as President of the Global Tamil Forum

So, where do you think you might find some news of Fr Emmanuale's visit to Sydney in February? Perhaps the columns of the Catholic Weekly? Not only does a search of the CW reveal no results for Fr Emmanuel, it doesn't even have a result for Tamils!! There is no mention of the two former ordinands having a reunion in any media from the Archdiocese of Sydney.

However, you will find pics and a promise of further coverage of Fr Emmanuel's  visit on the Australian Tamils For Greens web. I wonder what the "Gang of Ten" who drafted the Green Agenda will make of this partnership?

You will find other good reading on the plight of the Tamil People in these sources: 

CathNews provides some results in a search for Tamils with coverage of the recent refugee crisis. The Brisbane Catholic Leader also provides a good archive of material supporting justice for the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

Missio provides an excellent coverage of Church Endeavors for Human Rights and Dignity in Sri Lanka. It also analyses the complexities of a Church divided along ethnic lines.
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