Row over Catholicos order
Sep 6, 2006
Row over Catholicos' 'order'
Tuesday September 5 2006 13:35 IST
ALUVA: The Malankara Orthodox Church seemed heading towards yet another
internal revolt on the question of the kalpana (order), reportedly issued
by c Marthoma Didimos I.
According to the order, Fr Bobby Varghese was removed from the posts of
vicar of Thrikkunnath Seminary chapel and manager of the Thrikkunnath
Seminary, the headquarters of Angamaly Diocese of the Orthodox Church.
Fr M O John, vicar of Marady Church and visiting vicar in South Africa, has
been appointed as the new manager and vicar in the vacancy.
Copies of the order were reportedly sent from Kottayam Catholicate to
Metropolitan Yuhanon Mar Milithios, Fr Bobby Varghese and Fr M O John on
Friday. But Fr Bobby Varghese said that he had not received it so far.
The order should have been read normally during the Sunday Mass. A large
section of the parishioners had thronged the church on Sunday. Chaos
prevailed on the seminary premises.
A section of them, protesting against the unceremonious removal of Fr Bobby
Varghese, declared that the said order was issued without the knowledge or
consent of the Catholicos.
Meanwhile, the rival group alleged that Fr Bobby, who received the order on
Saturday itself, feigned ignorance of the same to avoid reading the same
during the Mass. The copies of the order had reached Metropolitan Milithios
and Fr M O John on Saturday, they said.
Meanwhile, Metropolitans Poulose Mar Milithios (Kunnamkulam Diocese),
Thomas Mar Mackarios (USA) and Zacharias Mar Nicolas (America) who paid an
unscheduled visit to the Thrikkunnath Seminary aroused suspicion among the
DYSP E T Mathew said that the police had not received any complaint in this
regard. However, the Thrikkunnath Seminary is likely to witness unruly
scenes if the order is implemented without any consensus.