His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith in a Notice issued on 28th December 2012 on the desecration of the St. Sebastian's Church, Sea Street, Negombo said :
" Representations have been made to me by concerned priests and some Catholic faithful about a recent Rupavahini Christmas programme telecast from St. Sebastian's Church, Sea Street, Negombo on Christmas day. It has been brought to my notice that the event included singing by different artists and dancing done during the programme within the premises of the church and also in the sanctuary. A musical group had performed in the sanctuary."
" I wish to inform the faithful that I had no prior information on this event nor was permission obtained from me to do this. Besides, many seem to have been disturbed by what happened, and so I tender an apology to all of them. In addition the Sea Street church will now be blessed once again and reparation done for this act of disrespect to the Most Holy Sacrament."
" At the same time I wish to inform all the Catholic faithful herewith and all the priests in the Archdiocese of Colombo that such manifestations will not be permitted hereafter within the premises of the church, under any circumstances. The choir of the parish can sing at the Liturgy as usual which includes singing Christmas carols. If any special choral concerts are to be conducted with religious songs sung by the choir or an invited choir the Rev. Fathers are hereby requested to obtain permission from me directly. Musical bands are not to be allowed in any case. This would be in line with the Circular on Guidelines for Liturgy issued by me in the year 2009. The Church is the House of God and the place of the majestic presence of the Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist and so the sacredness of the premises should always be maintained. I call upon all concerned to follow this guidance as faithfully as possible."
May God bless you!
Yours devotedly in Christ,