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    Church row takes new turn By George Jacob KOTTAYAM Aug. 11. The crisis in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church appears to have taken a decisive turn with the
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      Church row takes new turn
      By George Jacob
      KOTTAYAM Aug. 11. The crisis in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church
      appears to have taken a decisive turn with the Managing Committee
      owing allegiance to Catholicos Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews II, which
      met here the other day, deciding not to recognise the validity of the
      consecration of 10 bishops, including the senior most bishop in
      Indian Christendom, Bishop Abraham Mar Clemis, and the Catholicos
      Baselius Thomas I of the Patriarch faction.

      The Managing Committee, which took several important decisions on the
      basis of the Supreme Court directive that they have the right to
      decide on "who are all the incumbents'' of the various dioceses, has
      also approved the list of 22 bishops including the four who had
      crossed over from the Patriarch faction and also on 25 dioceses,
      including four new ones. The dioceses of Angamali and Kandanad have
      been bifurcated, Thrissur has been added and a new dioceses,
      Mavelikara has been newly created.

      The 10 bishops who have been `blacklisted' by the Orthodox Church
      also include Joseph Mar Gregorios, Juhanon Mar Philexinos, Thomas Mar
      Thimotheos, Benyamin Mar Osthathios, Geevarghees Mar Policarpos,
      Kuriakose Mar Eulios, Markose Mar Koorilos and Mathews Mar Ivanos.
      Bishop Abraham Mar Clemis, who has been serving the Knanaya Orthodox
      Church for more than half a century as the bishop and had served as
      Malankara Metropolitan for a brief period earlier, has the
      distinction of being excommunicated by the former Catholicos,
      Baselius Ougen. According to the Orthodox Church spokesman, the
      decision not to recognise his consecration was nothing unexpected as
      he had not declared his allegiance to Catholicos Baselius Mar Thomas
      Mathews II. Knanaya Church sources, however, pointed out that Mar
      Clemis was much senior to the Catholicos in the church hierarchy.

      The four bishops who had crossed over to the Orthodox Church from the
      Patriarch faction and have been recognised by the Managing Committee
      are Bishop Abraham Mar Savarios (Angamali), Thomas Mar Athanasios
      (Kandanad), Juhanon Mar Milithos (Thrissur) and Zacharias Mar
      Nicholovas (U.S.)

      The recommendations of the Managing Committee will have to be
      ratified by the Synod, but it is only a formality. According to
      sources, a total overhauling of the administrative structure is in
      the offing in the Orthodox Church and this process would be completed
      within six months.

      They also said the publication of the list of bishops `blacklisted'
      by the Church did not amount to a closing of the doors on any peace
      moves still in process, since the decisions could be revoked by the
      authoritative body if the `blacklisted' persons expressed their
      allegiance to the 1934 Constitution and Catholicos Mathews II.

      http://www.thehindu.com/stories/2002081203910400.htm
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