Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Prominent Malaysian priest may be charged with sedition in ‘Allah’ controversy

Catholic World News - January 10, 2014

Malaysian police have recommended that the editor of the nation’s Catholic newspaper be charged with sedition, according to a Malaysian Insider report.

Selangor, one of the nation’s 13 states, is governed by a sultan who has decreed that non-Muslims may not use the term “Allah” to address God. Christians in Malaysia have been using the term since the seventeenth century, and Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor, said that Catholic parishes in Selangor would continue to use the term.

The police investigation of Father Andrew follows the Selangor government’s seizure of over 300 Bibles in which “Allah” is used as a translation for God.

Father Augustine Julian, a former secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia, told the Fides news agency that “the situation is quite serious. There is great concern in the Catholic Church, because the story has taken a turn for the worse.”

“The investigation of the judiciary in course is a subtle form of pressure towards all Christians,” he added. “There is strong concern in the community and tension with radical Islamic groups.”

The Southeast Asian nation of 29.6 million is 60% Muslim, 19% Buddhist, 6% Hindu, 6% Protestant, and 3% Catholic. Islam is Malaysia’s official religion.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our September expenses ($32,904 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,096.25
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: robertrees1422 - Jan. 11, 2014 12:55 PM ET USA

    I do believe it's time for the Crusades to completely destroy the pedophile believers of Mohammad and free the world of these islamist terrorists.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Challenging Times? 1 hours ago
Reality 101: The fat between our ears 2 hours ago
Liberal visions of Catholicism: Kickstarter and the world's largest NGO September 1
The Blessed Book of Beasts August 30
Weekend reading August 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
‘A real via crucis’: Pope Francis, patriarch plead on behalf of Iraq’s Christians CWN - August 8
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians in flight as Islamic State advances CWN - August 8