Jacobite Syrian Christian Church to form Muvattupuzha Diocese.
- Jacobite Syrian Christian Church to form Muvattupuzha Diocese.
The Jacobite Syrian Christian Church authorities have said that they
were ready to follow the suggestion of retired Supreme Court Judge
Justice Cyriac Joseph that a panel of ministers, lawyers, Church leaders and cultural figures must be constituted to find a permanent solution to the dispute between the Jacobite Church and the dissident faction over ownership of churches.
Meanwhile, in an effort to ensure its upper hand in the dispute over
ownership of the Muvattupuzha Bishop’s House and Cathedral Church, the
Jacobite Church has decided to constitute a Muvattupuzha diocese.
The decision was taken by the Episcopal Synod of the Church. The
general body of the Angamaly diocese comprising representatives of 210
churches, will take the decision on the formation of the new diocese at a meeting to be held on Saturday. Presently there are four zones - High Range, Kothamangalam, Perumbavoor and Angamaly - under the Angamaly diocese.
The Church wants the Bishop’s House and Cathedral as the headquarters of the newly formed Muvattupuzha diocese.
The Bishop’s House and the Cathedral have been in the possession of the dissident faction for around 20 years.
The Jacobite Church alleges that the dissident faction occupied the House illegally.
The possession of the Bishop’s house went into the hands of the
dissident faction when Thomas Athanasius Metropolitan, who was with the Jacobite Church, shifted allegiance.
Both structures were constructed during the period of L.L Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Poulose II, the predecessor to the present Catholicos Aboon Mor Baselios Thomas I.
The Muvattupuzha Bishop’s House and Cathedral were the headquarters of the Church during the period of the former Catholicos.
Though Muvattupuzha had a crucial role in the church history, a diocese had not been formed so far.