A Report from Toronto
Sixteen years ago, he was raising an emergency fund to meet the immediate needs of the LTTE for certain sophisticated small arms inviting a selected group of people to lend a repayable sum of Rs.25,000 each to purchase and dispatch these weapons.
He was an ace campaigner for armed struggle and would have succeeded in his efforts.
He is a strange kind of parson not quite sure how his moods will dictate
his actions. Once he tried to force himself into a Hindu ritual of
initiating the child in learning the first elements of education much to
the irritation of the parents.
Today four score and for years old, Father Francis Xavier had a Roman
Cathoic beginning that took him to the pulpit and the confessorial but
celibacy evidently did not appeal to him.
Having met an attractive Sinhalese lass under potentially connubial
possibilities, Father Xavier said good bye to his Vatican masters and
like King Henry VIII who married six wives – or is it the other way? –
and became an Anglican priest. He loved the Anglican vestments
everywhere the parson went, the vestments too as adornmets.
As a supporter of the LTTE he was more active than of those of the
Vatican hierarchy in the Wanni when the late Prabakaran ruled the roots.
He admired the authority the late Prabakaran commanded in the Wanni and
the way he administered justice quickly dispatching those erred out of
their very existence or committed to dark bunkers of hell that he
himself had constructed; and chained forever and never to come out
He was Father Xavier’s hero no matter whether he mounted God’s pulpit
every Sunday and preached the gospel of peace every Sunday if ever he
did because Monday to Satuday he advocated terror attacks on innocent
people in Sri Lanka and with that conscription of children.
Conscious that not much mortal time is left for him, the Reverend Faher
Francis Xavier has made peace with God and his people. In action, not
just words alone, he made this determination of his redemption evident
in public by attending the Diwali celebrations at Toronto’s Sri Lankan
Consul-General’s office and even participated in the lighting of the
Lamp of Blessings and not missing to adorn his forehead with the Holy
His great wish now is to make a final journey as a pilgrimage to his
little village in Sri Lanka and pay homage to his people there and
conduct mass on a Sunday morning.
To be or not to be is a predicament that ever bothered him. He went with
the wind, storm and hurricane and the late Prabakaran represented the
taunami version of his life. Sadly, tat was bad because thousands
perished and regions devastated.
Anyway, thank God, Father Francis Xavier is a man of peace now. His
conversion is a landmark crack on the LTTE Diehard Fortress of Canada.