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Dodampahala Thera’s sermon from altar (video)
27 July 2015
The first in its kind in Sri Lanka, Ven. Dodampahala Rahula Thera has delivered a sermon from a catholic altar to show that there should be respect for the deserving irrespective of religious, ethnic or other differences.
The Thera delivered this unique speech at Our Lady of Fatima Church at Maradana to mark 50 years of priesthood of Jesuit priest Prof. Fr. Aloyceus.
In his sermon, Rahula Thera described Prof. Fr. Aloyceus as the catholic pundit in Buddhism, who is consulted by Buddhists in matters of Pali language.
(Part of the sermon)
Prof. Fr. Aloyceus, now aged 81 years, entered priesthood on 23 December 1953.
He was educated at Ampitiya St. Mary’s College, St. Aloyceus College, Galle and graduated from London, Cambridge and Oxford Universities and has a L.Ph (S.H.C. Shembaganur), S.T.L. (Pontifical Theology Faculty, Naples), PhD (Sri Lanka University), ThD (Tilburg) and diploma in prepolyphonic music from (Venice).