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Jacobites against Catholicos entering church

Jacobites against Catholicos entering church

Author: Our Staff Reporter
Publication: The Hindu
Date: August 30, 2002
URL: http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/2002/08/30/stories/2002083001350500.htm

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday adjourned to September 3 for final hearing a writ petition filed by the Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan, Baselius Marthoma Mathews II, supreme head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, and other Metropolitans under him, regarding the Church dispute.

The Bench, comprising the Chief Justice, B.N. Srikrishna, and Justice C.N. Ramachandran, was informed today by the counsel for the Jacobite faction that the Jacobite Syrian Association was not in favour of allowing the Catholicos of the East to enter the St. Mary's Church at Manarcaud and perform religious rituals there.

The Bench had on Wednesday sought the views of the Jacobite Syrian Association on allowing the Orthodox Syrian Association and the Malankara Metropolitan to perform religious rituals at the church. It was also submitted that in fact, the Catholicos had never entered the church and done any religious service during the last 30 years.

In the writ petition, the Catholicos and the Metropolitans had sought permission to exercise their power over as many as 1,150 churches and pleaded for a direction to the State Government and the police to provide adequate and effective protection for exercising such powers. During the arguments, counsel for the Orthodox faction had confined his plea for police protection for performing religious services to nine churches. They were the Marthoman Christian Church, Kothamangalam, St.Mary's Church, Angamaly, St. George Church, Karingachira, Martha Mariyan Church, Kandanad, St. Kuriakose Church, Mampara, St. Mary's Church, Errikumchira, Marthoman Church,, Mulanthuruthy, St. Mary's Church, Manarcadu, and the St. Peter's and St. Paul's Church, Puthemkurizhu.

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