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Syro-Malabar land deal: Rival groups clash at Pastoral Centre 

By : Matters India Reporter

Kochi: Clashes broke out on Jan 28 between factions favouring and opposing Cardinal George Alencherry in the controversial land deal by the Syro-Malabar diocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Police had to be called to bring the situation under control.

The clashes occurred after members of the All India Catholic Almaya Forum tried to stop a meeting held by Archdiocesan Movement for Transparency at the Regional Pastoral Centre (Subodhana) in Angamaly .

Members of All India Catholic Almaya Forum , who support Cardinal Alencherry also burned copies of ‘Satyadeepam’ newspaper, published by Ernakulam Archdiocesan Publication Trust. The newspaper in its editorial earlier this month had warned the Archdiocese against concealing details of the land sale from the public gaze. The members of the forum also demanded that the priests who tarnish the image of the Cardinal and the Church should be expelled.

The Archdiocesan Movement for Transparency is a body formed by a section of priests with the backing of laity to bring in transparency to the activities of Ernakulam-Angamali Archdiocese . They had demanded that the inquiry commission report into the land deal be published for the laity.

Earlier in the meeting, the same body had passed a bill demanding greater role for the laity in managing the diocese’s financial assets and the day-to-day activities of the Church. They also said that a mass petition with these demands will be collated and submitted to the higher authorities in the Church.

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2 Responses to Syro-Malabar land deal: Rival groups clash at Pastoral Centre

  1. chhotebhai

    The Oriental Code of canon Law seems to be at variance with the Latin Code. For example in the case of marriage laws Canon Law accepts the primacy of civil law.

    kerala boasts of the oldest Christian community, but it seems to have the most autocratic episcopacy and clergy. Unfortunately this disease is now being exported to other parts of India through the growing numbers of Oriental Rite dioceses outsider Kerala. The church is the poorer for it.

     
    • A. S. Mathew

      ” Kerala boasts of the oldest Christian community, it seems like to have the most autocratic episcopacy and clergy”. Indeed, very accurate.

      This Episcopic autocracy is exported to the foreign lands where the Indians are migrating. The Episcopal Churches of the U.S. of the Indian brand are faced with a critical challenge that the 2nd and 3rd generation of the believers are exiting too fast and joining the American Churches of praise and worship, also Bible teaching.

      The autocratic Priests appointed from Kerala are acting fully autocratic which the young generation will not tolerate. their expenditure/ year is around $ 100000.00.

      The serving time is 3 to 4 hours. In this duration, 2-4 automobile accidents. Who will have to pay the expenses? By the time the new Priests learn the western culture and English accent, it will be due time to return. When they are ready to return, they will get a big collection from the believers and friends to settle comfortably in Kerala. Thus the priority is given in the selection process based on the affinity and influence of the Priests to the higher hierarchy. Thus the religious corporation is moving on with a cross at the top.

      I have suggested to my friends, get only the U.S. residents who are familiar with the culture and way of life as the Priests.