by Anura Guruge
Just in case you didn’t know, I am a Sri Lankan by birth, though I left in August 1967, a week prior to my 14th birthday. I became a Brit in 1983. I have had very little contact with Sri Lanka over the last 30 years. I last visited in 1992, for 72 hours, accompanying my mother’s body from Paris. Yes, my father was the Sri Lankan ambassador to France and the U.S.A. I do NOT know Ranjith. This Summer I did send him an e-mail asking him whether he could help me when we were trying to sort out precedence among the Cardinal Bishops. He never responded. I gather that that is par for the course with him. [The Web master of the archdiocese Web site, who knows me, sent me the ‘correct’ e-mail address.] I have corresponded, gainfully, with the prior Archbishop, who has been friends with my father for 60 years. So that is my disclaimer.
Since early October I was getting calls and e-mails about Ranjith Don’s elevation. If you read the comments posted on this blog you will find a lively debate as to the pros and cons of Ranjith Don’s elevation. You will even see that a couple of Sri Lankan’s ‘shamed’ Father John into including his name in the top picks though there was much skepticism by many.
Yes, already the calls and e-mails have started, as soon as it was announced that he will indeed be created a cardinal at the November 20, 2010, cardinal creating consistory. I am, of course, delighted. [But, I won’t bother to send him a congratulatory e-mail.]
So here is my take on the pros and cons of his papabile status: