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    Knanaya Church joins issue with Orthodox faction KOTTAYAM: The ongoing Church feud has taken an interesting turn with the Malankara Syrian Knanaya Jacobite
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 13, 2002
      Knanaya Church joins issue with Orthodox faction

      KOTTAYAM: The ongoing Church feud has taken an interesting turn with
      the Malankara Syrian Knanaya Jacobite Church joining issue with the
      Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, for the latter's attempt to
      interfere in the administrative affairs of the former and moves to
      excommunicate the Knanaya Jacobite Church supremo Abraham Mar Clemis,
      the longest serving bishop in the country.

      The managing committee of the Orthodox Syrian Church, held here last
      weekend, had recommended to the Church synod the `removal' of Mar
      Clemis along with Patriarch sect supremo Baselius Thomas I and eight
      other bishops from the list of Malankara Church hierarchy.

      Knanaya Samudaya trustee T O Elias and secretary Thampan Thomas told
      mediapersons that the reported move of Orthodox Church head
      Catholicos Baselius Marthoma Mathews II to `take over' the temporal
      and administrative powers in parishes belonging to the Knanaya Church
      along with that of the Patriarch sect, in his capacity as the
      Malankara Metropolitan, is totally ill-motivated and even points to a
      conspiracy.

      They added that it may not be wrong if someone suspects that the real
      motive behind the clamour for control of churches in the possession
      of even sister denominations is nothing but intense yearning for
      wealth and institutions.

      They pointed out that the Knanaya Jacobite Church is a purely
      independent Church with a constitution approved by the Supreme Court
      and a Knanaya Association and managing committee under it. Only
      bishops elected by the Association have valid powers, as per the
      Knanaya Church constitution.

      The office-bearers said that it was really sad to see the responsible
      Church heads acting in a way to foment trouble in sister churches,
      when they are supposed to be the apostles of peace. Church heads
      coming out with statements and facts which is at odds with truth is
      against the basic tenets of Christianity, they reminded.

      On whether there was any likelihood of joint moves by the Knanaya and
      Patriarch Churches against the Orthodox faction, Elias said that as
      of now there was no scope.

      ``There were instances in the past also on some bishops
      excommunicating other bishops and vice-versa at the height of any
      feud between churches,'' he said.

      ``But we consider those who have recorded unstinted allegiance to the
      Patriarch of Antioch as our sister churches,'' he added

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