Mr. Thomas P wrote in Indian Orthodox Forum Digest # 999
>There is dispute about the revenues from Manjinikkara.
>According to Simhaasana Church constitution, the money
>is piped to Damascus as "rishisha". But people are
> against this, many are against the Simhasana bishop.
Can Mr. Thomas P tell us where we can get a copy of the
so called "constitution" of Simhasana Churches??
Simhasana Churches is the property of the Holy See.
The title deed is in the name of the Holy See. And
there is no "constitution" for the Simhasana Churches,
for the simple reason that nobody makes a constitution
for his own property.
Even though earlier only churches like manjanikkara,
malecruz, piramadom, arthat etc came in this
category,after 74 there was a tendency among many
parish churches to be part of the simhasana
churches.(thanks to the unending court cases by IOC,
this was the best way out). So presently there is
almost 150 parish churches which have declared
themselves as simhasana churches. But these churches
have been permitted by the Holy See to be governed as
per the wishes of the parish assembly, and as per the
byelaws of the trusts which own them.
Regarding "piping" money to Damascus, frankly I
thought you people had stopped this allegation.
Two weeks back IOC Catholicos in a press statement
alleged that "foreign" money is being pumped to kerala
by Jacobite church and the government should conduct
enquiry about it.
So you mean to tell us that there are two pipes full
of money, one going from kerala to Damascus and the
other pipe coming from Damascus to Kerala.
Frankly sir, you and IOC Catholicos can spend time in
under water exploration searching for those pipes.
Anyway "37000" strong IOC faithfulls in Thiruvalla
have made sure that both the main fronts and the BJP
and IFDP have fielded candidates who are IOC "by birth
and by deeds"
Persons who were pointed out by Catholcos of IOC and
surroundings, as "orthodox by birth and deeds" are
presently engaged in scuba diving.
PS: There is a property in mannar, by name St Peters
Church, whose title deed is in the name of the Holy
See. Arikupurath mathen, the great grandfather of a
present day managing commitee member of IOC had given
the title to the Holy See in the presence of
Chathuruthil St Gregorious.
Of late many news have come out on huge
misappropiration of funds in this church( almost 2.5
crore annually) And the "pally samrakshna samiti" have
gone on public record that they wont allow the coffers
to be opened after the Perunal. Probably it may
eventually lead to the return of the church to the