Tuesday, January 27, 2015

We fought the good fight, says archbishop

3:10PM Jan 27, 2015
Though the 'Allah' verdict was not in the church's favour, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Julian Leow, however, said that "we fought the good fight".

He also called on Catholics to forgive and reach out in love, especially to those who misunderstand and are misinformed.

"We need to engage and dialogue with the ignorant and bring about understanding," he said, adding that love conquers all.

As for the court’s decision, Leow pointed out that the government has said that it would be confined only to the Catholic weekly,Herald.

"We shall therefore take the government at its words. In no way does it include a prohibition in our Holy Scripture, the Al-Kitab as well as in our praise and worship during our celebration of the holy mass and prayer sessions," he added in a statement.

In the same vein, Leow said it still remains to be seen what the future holds and the repercussions of the court's decision would be on the rights of the minorities to practice their faith.

"But we do know that we are a people of hope and faith. We believe all things happen for a reason.

"We must see with the eyes of faith and I believe we have gained much from this saga. We need to make a stand on the side of justice and truth," he added.

Leow also described the legal battle as "a long journey" which began in 2008, "when we were told that we cannot call god in the way the majority of Catholics in Malaysia have been used to for centuries."

The archbishop also congratulated the team of lawyers who argued for the right to use the term 'Allah'.

"Our team of lawyers must be congratulated for defending our right to practice our faith unhindered. They have presented the issues clearly and succinctly.

"From the beginning, it had been an uphill journey, fraught with many challenges and obstacles. Yet our team persevered and we have now finished the race.

"Insofar as the Herald's case is concerned, we have exhausted the legal process to challenge the (home) minister's position which affects all Bahasa-speaking Christians in Malaysia," he added.
~ Malaysiakini

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