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Sri Lanka: Church officials will file complaint for raid on Catholic orphanage

December 06, 2011

Church leaders in Sri Lanka are planning legal action against the government officials who raided an orphanage run by the Missionaries of Charity and arrested the religious superior.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo reacted angrily to the arrest of Sister Mary Eliza, who was released on bail after being charged with profiteering from adoptions. Church officials have announced plans to file a complaint against the director of the country’s child-protection agency, which authorized the raid on the orphanage.

Church leaders concede that the orphanage was overcrowded-- because of the severe need in the country—and some paperwork was overdue. But the Missionaries of Charity, the order founded by Mother Teresa, insisted that they had never received money for the adoptions they arranged.


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