News: Knanaya Church joins issue with Orthodox faction
- 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
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