Cathedral apologises for Maryam Nawaz's political address from church's pulpit

Published: September 6, 2017


The Sacred Heart Cathedral of Lahore on Monday issued an apology after coming under scrutiny for allowing Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s Maryam Nawaz to use the pulpit to make a political speech.

In a video, Fr Francis Gulzar revealed that Provincial Minister Tahir Khalil Sandhu and MPA Shakeel Marcus had informed the cathedral administration that the ousted prime minister’s daughter wished to visit the church to say prayers for her ailing mother, Kulsoom Nawaz.

De-notification allows for Maryam’s NA-120 politicking

“Keeping in mind that a place of worship is a home for prayers, the church administration allowed Maryam Nawaz to visit,” said Francis. “It was decided unanimously that the lady will speak about herself and her family members’ association with Christian schools.”

However, soon after saying prayers for her mother and thanking the Christian community, Maryam’s speech took a political turn. The visit became a campaign event with the PML-N leader urging congregants to cast vote in favour of her mother, the candidate for NA-120.

In the statement, Francis said that Maryam Nawaz’s political address from the Sacred Heart Cathedral’s pulpit had hurt the sentiments of many, including the church administration. “For which Honorable Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw and church administration apologises,” he said.

My mother’s diagnosed with lymphoma, tweets Maryam Nawaz

In the statement, the church administration stressed that while its doors will not be shut, it will not allow its space to be used for political activity.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Imran Qadri
    Sep 6, 2017 - 3:27PM

    Gulzar Sb, won’t Christians be voting in NA 120? Church & Masjids have been always used as places where community issues and problems were discussed & resolved since centuries, now only molvis and Bishops have imposed restrictions and use it solely for prayers and sermons. Recommend

  • Michael
    Sep 6, 2017 - 4:23PM

    Please keep politics out of all religious places of worship. Recommend

  • Naila
    Sep 6, 2017 - 7:58PM

    @Imran Qadri:
    The only thing the Sharifs’ care about is extending their dynastic hold on power from generation to generation, thus political grandstanding even from a place of worship.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Sep 6, 2017 - 9:34PM

    A disgraceful attempt to garner votes. A negative impact on the Christian community. Recommend

  • Muneer
    Sep 7, 2017 - 7:51AM

    Apology by the Church administration is a commendable act.Well done.Recommend

  • Addie Khan
    Sep 7, 2017 - 9:19AM

    Religion & politics should always be kept separate.Recommend

  • Ali
    Sep 8, 2017 - 1:03AM

    @Imran Qadri
    Listen to yourself, you really sound like a sycophant here. Don’t let ego cloud your judgement. This was wrong, have the courage to admit it.Recommend

  • Sabiha
    Sep 8, 2017 - 7:04AM

    Please excuse this lady as she knows no faith but wealth.Recommend

  • Parvaiz
    Sep 8, 2017 - 11:06PM

    Canon code 1210 forbids clergy to allow a political speech from the pulpit from which the sermons are delivered to promot religion but not politics. In Europe all presedents and prime ministers are christian but they never used church’s pulpit for politics.Recommend

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