- Orthodox, Jacobite factions reach a tacit understanding Thursday July 7 2005 11:56 IST KOCHI: The meeting convened by the district collector to end theMessage 1 of 1 , Jul 7, 2005View Source
Orthodox, Jacobite factions reach a tacit understanding
Thursday July 7 2005 11:56 IST
KOCHI: The meeting convened by the district collector to end the deadlock over the opening of the Thrikkunnathu Seminary and other churches, hammered out a tacit agreement on Wednesday.
A concrete decision regarding the opening of the churches would be taken after consultation with the Chief Minister, Collector APM Muhammed Hanish said after the meeting.
The peace talks initiated by the Collector was held at the Ernakulam Guest House after the issue over Thrikkunnathu Seminary created havoc across the state in the last couple of days.
Both the Jacobite and the Orthodox factions agreed to co-operate with the governments decisions in this issue. A total of 20 churches remain closed in Ernakulam and nearby areas as a result of the factional feud.
Many positive signs emerged at the meeting. And a concrete solution would be evolved later, said the Collector.
Jacobite Churchs representatives wanted the churches to be opened for devotees of both the factions for worship till there is a final verdict. And the Orthodox faction said it was ready for a compromise within the constitution of the church. It said that the Court verdict of 2003 should be taken into consideration while deciding on this issue.
Both the factions expressed protest over the police atrocities in the St Marys Church on Monday which resulted in lathi-charge and arrest of devotees. The Jacobites have asked for a judicial inquiry into this incident.
The Jacobite faction has been asked to submit a list of all churches that are remaining closed due to the factional feud.
Synod secretary Metropolitan Joseph Mar Gregorios, Metropolitan Mathew Mar Ivanios, Church secretary Thambu George Thukalan and trustee George Mathew Thekkethalackal represented the Jacobite Church at the meeting.
We are not considering the Thrikkunnathu Seminary and church as different, said Metropolitan Joseph Mar Gregorius after the meeting.
The attack on priests and devotees was a planned one, he said.
The Orthodox faction was led by Episcopal synod secretary Thomas Mar Athanesius.
Apart from the Collector, RDO Mini Antony, Aluva SP M.Vahag, DySPs of Aluva, Perumbavoor and Kolenchery were also present at the meeting.