`Orthodox faction fomenting feud'
By Our Staff Reporter
PATHANAMTHITTA Aug 7. The Antiochia Visvasa Samrakshana Samithy (AVSS)
floated by the laity and clergy of the Jacobite Syrian Church has
alleged that the Orthodox faction led by Moran Mar Baselius Marthoma
Mathews-II, who was recently declared as the Malankara Metropolitan
by the Supreme Court, was fomenting factional feud among the believers
by trying to sabotage the receptions to Catholicos Thomas-I organised
by the former in different parts of the State.
Addressing a press conference here today, the AVSS president and the
chief of the Manjanikkara Mor Ignathios Diara near Pathanamthitta said
the reception to the Catholicos Thomas-I at Thiruvalla slated for
August 25 has been postponed to September 22 following the alleged
move by the Orthodox faction to make trouble there by organising
another meeting there on the same day.
The AVSS had to postpone similar receptions organised for the Catholicos
Thomas-I at Adoor and various other places following the provocative
attitude of the Orthodox faction at these places, the Metropolitan
alleged. However, the AVSS leader said the Jacobite faction, which
fully endorsed the supremacy of the Patriarch of Antioch, was duty-bound
to protect the churches now in its control at any cost. Joseph Mar
Osthathios alleged that the so-called Orthodox faction was trying to
create troubles by misleading the people and authorities through
spreading false interpretation of the Supreme Court order.
He said the apex court had upheld the Patriarch of Antioch as the
supreme head of the Jacobite Church. Moreover, the Patriarch had never
anointed Baselius Marthoma-II as the Catholicos of the East, the Diara
He said the Manjanikara Mar Ignathios Diara and 27 other Simhasana
churches were under the direct control of the Patriarch and the
so-called Malankara Metropolitan had absolutely no power over them.
Fr. E.T.John, T.V.Thomas, T.V.Punnose, Fr Paul Nallila,
Mr Koshy P.George and A.J.Abraham also spoke.