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Changanacherry archdiocese rallies behind Cardinal Alencherry 

By Matters India Reporter

Kottayam: The Archdiocese of Changanacherry plans to observe on May 18 as a day of special fasting prayer to resolve crises within the Syro-Malabar Church.

A letter sent to all parishes in the archdiocese, Archbishop Mar Joseph Perumthottam of Changanacherry called upon his faithful to pray for divine intervention to ensure unity, peace and discipline in the Church.

“Some recent developments have pained and raised the concerns of not only the Church but also the entire Christian community,” the archbishop’s note says.

The prelate also observes that the Church is facing persecution and threats from within and outside. “Some are seen falling prey to the evil tactics of ‘striking at the shepherd to scatter the sheep.’ The faithful fear indiscipline and impudence will undermine the Church,” he adds.

The New Indian Express newspaper sees the appeal as an indirect call to the faithful to rally behind Cardinal George Alencherry, the head of the Syro-Malabar Church, who faces mounting pressure to resign over a couple of land deal rows in neighboring Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese.

The cardinal, a native of Changanacherry, also heads the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese, the traditional seat of the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church. Ernakulam is some 85 km northwest of Changanacherry.

A section of priests in the Ernakulam-Angamaly has revolted against the cardinal after he allowed the sale of the Church land that brought huge financial loss to the archdiocese.

In another case, a lay movement has accused the cardinal of transferring a house meant for the poor to his relative. However, the buyer as well as the spokesperson of the Syro-Malabar Church has dismissed the allegation as baseless. The buyer and the cardinal shared the same house name, but they are not related to each other as the lay movement alleged.

The Express newspaper points out that Changanacherry is the first diocese to respond to the developments related to the land deal controversy. “Interestingly, the archdiocese had remained tight-lipped on the issue until now despite Alencherry coming under attack from various quarters,” the mass circulation daily says.

Changanacherry archdiocese indirectly termed the open attack on the cardinal by some priests as an attempt to create confusion among the faithful.

“Let us pray for blessings of the Church for united progression of our mother Church, the Syro-Malabar Church, which is facing a grave challenge and establish discipline and obedience within the Church,” says Archbishop Perumthottam’s note.

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4 Responses to Changanacherry archdiocese rallies behind Cardinal Alencherry

  1. Dr K V Thomas

    The catholic church of Kerala requires an introspection..church has to be more transparent..to get itself purified…not through prayers alone.. it should show the courage to face auditing (some type of a social auditing) of all its activities by the laity. All the church institutions are known for financial manipulations to bypass the tax regime of the country..to bypass the scrutiny of the laity.. its time for them to stop it..
    Laity should also be ready to question the wrong doings of the church… Cardinal Alenchery case is a an example where the laity has shown the courage… It is time the church is ready to accept that the priests are not above the laity…

     
  2. K. C. Thomas

    Prayer is good,sure. But it must be followed by ACTION. As long as the faithful are kept in darkness, we do not know the full details of the transactions. We cannot believe the media and the comments by people on various portals. Our God is so good ,He is ready to forgive all offences and sins. Why not our authorities and the rebel priests organisation come to a clear understanding in Christian spirit and correct any wrong happened in the past. There is no need to keep things in darkness or there is no need to go to court to settle the disputes in our family,that is our diocese. Kindly let us become more Christian in every word and deed. Let us try Let us try.

     
  3. Achachan

    We are in the dark,not knowing the full facts,unbiasedand triuthful. Till that time we are in doubt about the whole affair. God is so merciful that he is ready to forgive all offenses. Why not come up and open all hearts and settle things under the grace of Jesus Christ ? How can we call ourselves Christians ? Prayer is good and necessary but if not followed by ACTION ,what use ?

     
  4. Sebastian Vattamattam

    Poor Jesus!
    He is entrusted with the not so holy task of covering up the corrupt practices of the Syro-Malabar Church.