Kerala-based Syro-Malabar Catholic church head Mar George Alanchery,who was consecrated as Cardinal in Rome last week,on Wednesday drew flak for his reported comment that he had asked Catholic ministers in Kerala not to act hastily on the killing of two fishermen in firing from an Italian ship.
In an interview to a news agency in Rome,Alanchery was quoted as saying that he had contacted the Catholic ministers of Kerala,urging the government not to act precipitately. It seemed the opposition party wanted to take advantage of the situation and exploit the case for electoral reasons,he was quoted as saying.
Latin Catholic Church,to which the slain fishermen belonged,protested against the comments,saying that if the Cardinal had said what had been reported,we would register our protest.
BJP state chief V Muraleedharan wanted the Catholic ministers in the state and the Centre to explain whether they are more loyal to Italy than to India.
Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan said,Who told the Cardinal that the opposition was trying to exploit the situation? He is speaking for the killers not for those victims, he said.
Facing fire,Alanchery on Wednesday issued a statement,saying he was misquoted by the agency,which later apologised for the said report. I have neither intervened in the matter nor contacted any ministers in this regard.