Bishops Council to help resolve crisis in Syro-Malabar Church

Kerala Catholic Bishops Council on March 10, stepped in to help resolve the crisis in Syro-Malabar Church after a group of priests came out openly against its head Cardinal George Alencherry over alleged irregularities in a land deal involving him.

Cardinal Baselios Cleemis, also the Major Archbishop of Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, and Soosa Pakiam, Archbishop of the Latin Rite Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram, held meetings with Alencherry, auxiliary bishops and agitating priests of the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese.

Archbishop Soosa Pakiam, who is also the president of KCBC, hoped that the Synod of the Syro Malabar Church would use its authority to resolve all the issues.

“The issues can be settled within the Church itself.

We believe that the Synod of the Syro Malabar Church is taking sincere efforts to deal with it, he told reporters here after their meetings.

He said other Churches, including Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and Latin Church were thinking in which way they could help resolve the crisis in the Syro Malabar Catholic Church.

The move comes a day after over 200 priests of the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese hit the streets, urging Alencherry to keep off all responsibilities of the Archdiocese in view of a police probe on the alleged irregularities.

The priests who met at a Basilica here yesterday had urged police to commence a probe after registering an FIR against Alencherry and three others on the complaint over the alleged irregularities.

They raised the banner of protest days after Kerala High Court ordered police to register an FIR against Alencherry.

The priests alleged that Alencherry and the others sold prime land of the archdiocese for “a very low price” and refused to make public the details about it.

Early this week, the High Court had ordered the probe after rejecting Alencherry’s contention that the land belonged to the diocese and that a third party could not complain about alleged loss in sale of such a private property.

The judge passed the order on a petition by one Shine Varghese from Cherthala, who had moved the court saying that the Ernakulam Central Police had not lodged a FIR on his complaint against the Cardinal and others over the land deals.

Meanwhile, those who are opposing the Cardinal were exploring the option of moving the Court complaining delay in registering the FIR.

Besides Alencherry, priests Joshy Puthuva and Sebastian Vadakkumpadan and middleman Saju Varghese are the others against whom the complaint was lodged.

Directing police to conduct a free-and-fair probe after filing the FIR, the High Court had said that the alleged conspiracy and breach of trust issues could be investigated.

Earlier, a six member church committee, which probed the alleged irregularities, said it found numerous instances of violation of canon and civil laws and recommended necessary action against those responsible.



(source: Business Standard)

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5 thoughts on “Bishops Council to help resolve crisis in Syro-Malabar Church

  1. If these people have a mustard seed worth of loyalty to Jesus Christ,they will come out and admit mistakes or fraud or other irregularities,and accept punishment if necessary. God knows of the weakness of human beings. All commit sins, but the merciful God prescribed a beautiful remedy—Repentance. Is there any elephantine irregularity in the archdiocese .? Let the elephant be brought to the public by the one or ones who REPENT. Let us see whether they are CHRISTIANS.

    1. This is a final calling to the Catholic Church in India which is holding billions of dollars worth of real assets, that the religious hierarchy to hand over the things to the believers of the Church. The religious hierarchy has to fully concentrate in the Ministry for which they are called. The love for money is the root cause of all evils.

  2. When the matter of such magnitude is in court, it is not advisable to try to resolve the issue internally. This may amount to interference in the course of proceedings of the court. The complainants may also accuse the ‘mediators’ of trying to pressurise them. The Bishops Council has woken up too late. Let us pray that truth shall prevail in the matter.

  3. This is no longer an internal issue to be resolved by the bishops. More and more this smells of a financial scam that needs investigation

  4. It has to be resolved within the Church by the responsible people as a testimony that we are followers of CHRIST. So help us GOD.

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