It has become a fashion in orthodox faction circles
asking for the immediate execution of the 1995 Supreme
Court verdict. This has started since the Parumala
meeting of the opposite faction held in 2002. But if
there is any substance in this argument that the
Government is not implementing the so called Supreme
Court judgment, then the legal procedure is to file
a CONTEMPT OF COURT AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT. However
they are not doing it. Instead they go on complaining
that the Govt is not implementing the SC judgment;
it is only a tactical move to force the Govt. to
execute the authority of their Catholicose over the
parish churches through back doors. This is said to
be under the advice of their senior counsels.
The only alternative according to experts is to get
a more precious judgment from Supreme Court regarding
I have with me a photo copy of the expert opinion of
a former Chief Justice of India, which was sent to a
top official in Kottayam Malayala Manorama Office in
Oct 2002 as per the request of the Devolokam Catholicate
office. It says that our constitution of 2002 is cent
percent valid and also that there is nothing wrong if
a parish Church decide to withdraw from the 1934
constitution and join another association. This is
exactly what the Kerala High Court has also emphasized
in its last judgment.
So as said before the only alternative is to forcibly
implement the authority of Catholicose through any means.
It is for this they are pressurizing the Sate Govt.
Since the government is fully aware of all these,
until now they havent fall into the trap of Methran
Kakshi. But some UDF partners are pressurizing the
government to act illegally. Their (Methran factions)
simple theory is that once the Jacobites are evacuated
from a property, then those who have been overthrown
could regain it only through court which may take a
long time and by the mean time they hope to hijack a
large group from the Jacobite Church to their side.
It is with this motive the Methran Kakshi are fighting
out in churches like Elanadu, Erukkinchira etc. where
they have the support of only the priests who switched
sides after 1996. Actually all these churches are
independent trusts built after 1970s, so ultimately
the legal backing must come in favour of the Jacobites.
But it may take time. A somewhat similar situation
exists in the other churches also.
To implement their hidden agenda Methran Kakshi has
now approached the state revenue minister K M Mani.
It has now become an open secret that he and Joseph
M Puthussery, a Mani Congress MLA from Kallissery,
is trying to help Methran Kakshi through backdoors.
Manis ultimate aim is to somehow make win his
candidate in the Tiruvalla election due for next
month. But when proceeding with this, Mani forgets
that out of the 37000 votes claimed by the Orthodox
faction in Tiruvalla constituency, a sizeable section
belongs to that of Knanities and Jacobites, and those
who left the orthodox faction to join various
So now the time has come for our Church leadership
to explain everything in public and to take appropriate
decisions without any delay.
Jacob George Jacob