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Govt to remain neutral in Malankara Church feud

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    Govt to remain neutral in Malankara Church feud Chief Minister A K Antony said the state government would remain neutral in the ongoing dispute in the
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      Govt to remain neutral in Malankara Church feud

      Chief Minister A K Antony said the state government would remain neutral in the ongoing dispute in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, one of the oldest in the Christendom in India.

      There has been disquiet in the Church with the Catholicos of the East and the faction owing allegiance to the Patriarch of Antioch intensifying their fight to wrest control of 1,250-odd church and their properties worth several crores of rupees.

      The Catholic group, which elected Catholicos Baselios Marthoma Mathews II as Malankara Metropolitan last month, had already made its stand clear that the administration of the churches came under them. However, the Patriarch faction seemed to be determined to oppose it.

      Chief Minister A K Antony told newsmen that a meeting of the state cabinet decided that the government should not take sides in the dispute. It was also decided to issue direction to the government officials and representatives not to take sides. The verdict of the Supreme Court in the issue was expected on April 23.

      When his attention was drawn to reports that ruling front Convener Oommen Chandy and Irrigation Minister T M Jacob were active in two opposite sides, he said it was for the believers to take their own stand. But the government's stand was one of impartiality http://www.asianetglobal.com:8080/asianet/news/detailed.jsp?catId=1&newsId=1579



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