Re: 1934 orthodox sabha constitution and Kolencherry Jacobite Church
- Dear all,
The 1934 constitution applies to parish churches only when they are members of Malankara association. If they are members of Jacobite Syrian Christian association, it is the 2002 constitution which applies. Supreme court has held the findings of 1992 High court regarding parish church properties to be correct-it vests with the parishioners. However it did not issue any decree because parish churches were not party to the case. IOC has very smartly side stepped the issue of ownership of parish churches and 2002 constitution in courts always. They oppposed parish churches from pleading as parties in High court in 1980s. They have never questioned the formation of Jacobite Syrian Christian association and the 2002 constitution. They have only pleaded the High Court for implementation of 1995 SC verdict (which anyone with common sense can say that was implemented with the Parumala association in 2002) or for contempt of court against our high priests. This is just a move to buy time or divert attention. They still have not filed any petition in the district court as told by Supreme court with regard to this. Their strategy has been to get the clergy in parishes to their side and manipulate politicians and beureaucrats while clinging to 1934 constitution.
Coming to Kolenchery church, if the parish assembly has not passed a resolution accepting 1934 constitution, it is not part of Malankara association because as per 1995 verdict, Malankara association split in 1970. Another association with another constitution has been formed meanwhile and the parishioners have the right to decide what to do in their Edavaka Pothuyogam.
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