Korean government lashes out over Catholic priest's comments

President Park

The South Korean government has unleashed a barrage of criticism in response to comments made by a Korean priest. The attacks came after the priest said Mass to call for the Korean president's resignation, reports Ucanews.

During a special mass calling for President Park’s resignation held by the Catholic Priests’ Association for Justice (CPAJ), Father Park Chang-shin mentioned North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.

During her morning meeting with Blue House secretaries, President Park referred to Father Park’s comments. “There have been a lot of activities that are stirring up confusion and divisions,” the president said. “Do not intend to tolerate behaviour that hurts the public’s trust and divides people.”
Fr Park had previously brought up the fact that November 23 was the third anniversary of North Korea’s provocative shelling of Yeonpyeong Island.

Park continued by saying: “Not only has North Korea failed to show contrition for its shelling of Yeonpyeong Island, it continues to threaten to turn the Blue House into a sea of fire. National security cannot be preserved through cutting-edge weaponry alone. Even more important is the patriotism and the unity of the people.”

The remarks made by Prime Minister Chung were even more strident. During an emergency meeting of senior officials, Chung criticised Park Chang-shin’s remarks as “destructive to the country and supportive of the enemy.”

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