17 Jul '11, 5pm

Archbishop under siege as Malaysia prepares to establish ties with the Vatican: @bersih bersihstories

KUALA LUMPUR - As Putrajaya gears up to establish formal ties with the Vatican, the archbishop of Kuala Lumpur has come under scrutiny from certain sections of his congregation who question his role in the government's diplomatic mission. Some of the harshest criticism against Archbishop Murphy Pakiam come, surprisingly, from within the local Roman Catholic Church, with a vocal few labelling the senior cleric a "sellout", as one local priest recounted to The Malaysian Insider. Rev Father Michael Chua acknowledged that Archbishop Pakiam has come under attack since word got out that he will be accompanying Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on the federal government's official visit to meet Pope Benedict XVI next week. "Many critics may view the establishment of these ties and the participation of the local hierarchy as a 'selling out' or radical change of position by the...

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