Kerala crucified: Justice Thomas has a solution
- KOTTAYAM: Seeking a solution to the internecine feud in the Malankara Jacobite Syrian church, TOI approached various leaders in the state, cutting across religious and party affiliations. While all of them were unanimous in their opinion that the issue should end in an amicable manner that would satisfy both the Orthodox and Jacobite factions in the church, no one really knows whether the solutions being put forward would be acceptable to any of the groups, or whether they really are interested in resolving the decades-long dispute that is, in fact, bringing into disrepute the church, the clergy and the laity.
In this regard, the highly respected retired Supreme Court judge, Justice K T Thomas, said the government should take the initiative to form a three-member panel of eminent judges to resolve the stalemate. Two of the judges in this panel should be nominated by the respective factions to give them a sense of involvement and equity, the eminent jurist opined. The third member of the panel should either be the present mediator, Justice Thottathil B Radhakrishnan, or someone nominated by the government.
- Regarding solution to this problem, there in no need to go to court,
mediator, or anybody. Just ask the parishioners. They know where to stand.
Let allow the parishioners to continue where they stand. No one should
disturb them. Parishioners of Kolencherry church know, where they are. So like Parishioners of Kothamangalam, Mar Elia Cathedral, Puthuppally,
As on day, disputes exists only in 20-25 churches. There, church can be
shared or new church could be constructed.
As Dr Babu Paul suggested in the article, if IOC is willing, IOC & Jacobite church could exist in Malankara as that of Roman Catholic Church, under the Patriarch of Anthoich.
If they want to exist, let them do it.