- When I read through Thirumeni's Message, I remember two instances in
which priests were chucked out by the IOC authorities.
It happened few years back in St.George Valiyapally Puthuppally
during a funeral service.(At that time Church was under the custody
of Court Receivers). The man who expired was an IOC member. Naturally
IOC priests took charge of the funeral service. Two of our (Jacobite)
priests also came to attend the service. One of them was his relative
and another a friend. They came inside the church with other
relatives. Then the IOC priests declared that if they (our priests)
remain inside the church the service can not be started. Thus they
were neatly expelled. As they were peaceable persons they went out
with tearful eyes.
Another incident happened in Ancheri (Near Puthuppally) Orthodox
Church. One of the IOC member died. Most of his family members belong
to Marthoma Church. IOC Kottayam Bishop Geevarghese Mar Ivaniose was
invited to lead the service.(Mar Ivaniose himself was born þ& brought
up in a Marthomite family, later he joined IOC & became a bishop).
One of the Marthomite Priests who was a close relative of the
departed soul came to attend the service. When the bishop saw that
the Marthomite priest was inside the church , he got angry and
ordered the church vicar to chuck him out. This caused some
displeasure among the family members. As the priest was a peaceful
person he went out without any argument. He didn't want to create a
This two instances can be compared with what happened in the church
in US. This clearly states that the thirumeni's stance can be easily
justified. The priests were not shown disrespect. Thirumeni had
surely shown humanity towards them. I think thirumenis' conduct
should be greatly appreciated instead of showing disapproval.
Biju Kurian Mathews
St.George Church Puthuppally
St. Mary's church Muscat