Facts of Kolenchery Church Judgment
- This has to do with the judgment which came today regarding Kolenchery Church. One of the IOC internet media, MTV has announced that the IOC has won the case. The truth is the IOC faction people in Kolenchery have won the case defeating their own metropolitan Dr. Severious Mathews.
The fact is, right from seventies, when many a churches were closed, Kolenchery church was open because the clergy and laity of Kolenchery were ready to accept the status quo. The status-quo was that out of the three priests, two were from IOC and one from Jacobite Church, as that was the situation when the great divide happened. Even though this was against the ground realities Jacobite Church accepted it only to see the church open.
This situation continued till the great unity of 1995, when Dr. Severious Mathews decided that Kolenchery is for himself disregarding the attitude of people. The church got closed due to that.
Later people of both factions came together and formed the Joint Council to open the church as per old status-quo. Jacobite Church leadership was all support to the joint council. Court gave direction to open church, which was immediately scuttled by Dr Severious Mathews.
The case ended up in court again and an Interim Order is issued as of now.
1. Church to be opened as per the status quo of closure. (ie 2 IOC priests and 1 Jacobite Church priest can officiate. ie two weeks for IOC & one week for Jacobite Church)
2. Keys with the IOC vicar as per status-quo of closure.
3. Whether it's the udampadi of the church or the 34 constitution that has to prevail in the church will be decided later own.
As these are the facts, who won the case. The JSC, JSC Church people in Kolenchery, and IOC people in Kolenchery have won the case. The only person who lost the case is Dr Severious Mathews.
SOCM News Bureau - Kochi