Kolenchery Church Issue and its Impact
- Dear All,
We have witnessed almost a one week “upavasam’ by both the
Catholicose at Kolenchery and IOC church has stopped all their
protest agitation in lieu of a promise given by Mr. OOmman Chandy,
Kerala CM, while Jacobite church still continue the “Prarthana
Yajngam” till justice is prevailed upon. And Kerala high court has
taken up this issue as an urgent matter and the case will be hearing
on September 30.
So what are the inferences emanated from the “fast and upavasam’ by
both the churches at Kolencheryy.
(1). It has brought the church dispute into the main discourse of
Kerala, and almost all walk of life argued the church dispute should
be settled amicably.
(2). It has bought into the picture that IOC and JSOC are truly two
separate and independent churches. This has been the message given by
all media, both print and TV. All dignitaries visited Kolenchery have
met both the Catholicose.
(3). It has exposed the Himalayan claim of IOC that Malankara Sabha
is a single entity and Devalokam Catholica is the supreme head of it.
On the contrary, none of the dignitaries, either political or
religious leaders, has taken this argument on face value. The best
example is that when a delegation of IOC under their Ahmadabad diocese
Bishop visited the NSS HQ, the NSS leaders were reluctant to support
(4). Political Party particularly UDF are no longer in the pocket of
Kottayan Achayans (IOC) as they were used to be. When such type of
incidents happened earlier UDF (Congress and Kerala Congress) had
openly come out to support Devalokam Catholica, Many of us can
remember the famous word of late Kerala Congress leader and former
minister E. John Jacob (Niranam Baby) on Thrikkunnathu Seminary Issue
(1979) that “ before I became a minister in Kerala I was an Orthodox
member so it is my duty to protect the interest of all Orthodox
people”. This time we haven’t heard any such words, especially from
people like Balakrishna Pillai, an ardent supporter of IOC for long
(5). It has produced a wider acceptance and respect for our Catholica
HB Thomas I before the Kerala public. In fact, currently IOC has an
edge over Jacobites in the Kolenchery incident because they have a
district court verdict in favour of them (till the High Court stay it
or declare a judgment in favour of the Jacobites). So IOC Catholica
led a protest at a higher table than our Catholica. But none of the
dignitaries visited Kolenchery have said the government should
implement the court order and gave their support to IOC Catholica.
Instead, all of them met both IOC and JSOC Catholicose and made talk
about peaceful settlement of disputes only. This shows that for which
cause HB Thomas I has protested then there is a truth and justice of
Him in front of the Kerala public.