News: CM asks Malankara Orthodox Church factions to keep restraint
- CM asks Malankara Orthodox Church factions to keep restraint
Chief Minister A K Antony appealed to the warring factions of Malankara
Orthodox Syrian Church, one of the oldest in Christendom in India, not to take
the dispute among them to streets.
Talking to newsmen after a meeting of state cabinet on Wednesday, he asserted
that government was not a party to the dispute (among the Catholicos of the
East and the faction owing allegiance to the Patriarch of Antioch on the
question of control over 1,250-odd chruches and their properties worth crores
He said neither Supreme Court nor High Court had ever issued any direction to
state government with regard to this issue. "This being so, there was no
meaning in blaming the government for not taking any step in relation to the
Antony said government would certainly implement any direction if it came from
He said those concerned should exercise restraint and should try to find out
solutions through the avenues available in democratic set up. Instead, issue
should not be allowed to escalate to the level of a law and order problem.
Antony also reminded the concerned that government would have to maintain law
and order situation. "Under such a situation, the government and police should
not be blamed."
Chief Minister asked all not to pour oil to flames and restraint from making
It may be recalled that Catholicos faction had announced that it would
undertake a journey to St Mary's Church at Manarcaudu on August 31. Rival
faction had announced that it would resist the move.