Criticism araised against the leadership of Orthodox Church in their Managing Committee meeting, in handling the recent visit of Patriarch of Antioch.
Many managing committee members raised their voice against the leadership in
the futile attempt to prevent the Patriarch�s visit. They told that it was
unnecessary to do so and if it was intended to prevent, then at any cost it
should have done.
The arguments concluded after the Catholicos agreed to convene another special meeting to discuss the recent visit of Patriarch and the Church case affairs.
When the Managing Committee held its meeting at the Old Seminary, Mr. P. C. Cherian demanded that the managing committee should first discuss the failure of the Church in handling the recent visit of Patriarch. Dr. George Joseph pointed out that it was the total failure of the Church in taking a step against the visit and unable to prevent it. Fr. Koshy Mathew and Fr. Simon Scariah supported this argument. Mr. Jacob Thomas Arikupuram called for the resignation of the entire advisory body, who given wrong guidance to the Catholicos.
The members came from Delhi complained that certain working committee members tried to mislead the Church in handling the case in the Supreme Court.
Criticism against Mor Nicolovas, who recently changed his allegiance from the Patriarch of Antioch and joined with Orthodox group, arised in the managing committee due to his stand in the Toronto Church issue. The Catholicos indicated that there would be transfer for the metropolitans in the near future.
There was opposition against passing a resolution in the Managing Committee congratulating the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Mr. Thomas Kuthiravattom told that it is unnecessary to pass such a resolution after canceling the dinner reception arranged earlier for Oommen Chandy. The Church Secretary Alexander Karakkal explained that the dinner reception is not cancelled, but only postponed.
The Managing Committee meeting was presided by the Catholicos Baselious Marthoma Mathews II. The meeting approved the annual report for 2003-2004.
Source: Mathrubhumi Daily (29th October 2004)