Sri Lankan Archbishop Emeritus, Oswald Gomis’ 2017 Christmas Greetings.
He has been a good and valued friend for many years.
He and my adoptive father were roughly contemporaneous and firm friends though on many issues related to religion they were on opposite sides. But, that was the beauty and magic of WHAT WAS Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s. Folks were still friends, relatives and neighbors irrespective of religion.
Father Gomis is a wonderful human being. And to I, that is all that matters. He is now 85-years old.
Over the last few years he has been using the ‘+’ in front of his name.
That is not a plus sign. It is meant to be a CROSS. It is meant to connote a title assumed by clergy in the medieval times — that of a SINNER. So, the ‘+’ indicates that the Archbishop is signing himself, out of HUMILITY, as a ‘sinner’.
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