Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, said he was 'surprised' when the construction of the tallest Christmas tree was halted whereas the Bishop conference only requested the money to be given to the poor. He told Ceylon Today that they only 'thought' it was a waste of money as he was under the impression that some Rs 200 million would be spent on the tree.
"I did not say to stop the construction of the tree or re-start the halted Christmas tree plan," he noted.
"I never said we don't want the tree. All I said was that such monies should not be wasted in such a manner but instead be given to the poor", noted the Cardinal.
He also said that he has no authority to halt the plan of erecting an Xmas tree. "I did not indirectly hint to restart the work either," he said.
He said many of the Bishops at the conference objected about the tree. "However, we were told that some artistes wanted to show their talent, so the tree will be constructed as planned. I did not want to engage in any controversies over this matter. This happens in life, you can be misquoted," the Cardinal noted.