PANAJI: On the controversy and misunderstanding arising due to the mention of Chatrapathi Shivaji during the sermon by Fr. Bolmax Pereira, the Parish Priest of Chicalim issued clarification by stating that his statement was taken out of context and misinterpreted.
He said that the purpose and intent of making a mention of the great national hero and valiant warrior during the sermon was to tell devotees and viewers that Chatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj was revered by people across the country and abroad, cutting across religion, caste, creed, language, etc and hence attributing him to only one religion would reduce his stature
and greatness amongst people of other faith.
However, Fr. Bolmax expressed his shock to learn that his sermon was selectively taken out of context to show only one part of the statement and the other part praising his valour and heroism where in he protected his people and his kingdom and stood against invaders, was
maliciously omitted, which he said he believed was to incite anger and create enmity between communities.
Fr. Bolmax further said that “if any individual or organisation has been hurt due to this
episode and misunderstanding, I express my deepest regret and hope and pray that the long the lasting bond between communities that have existed since centuries is maintained and grows stronger