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    Court restrains Baselios Thomas I from entering churches KOCHI: Ernakulam Additional District Judge A Hariprasad on Saturday issued an order of temporary
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2002
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      Court restrains Baselios Thomas I from entering churches

      KOCHI: Ernakulam Additional District Judge A Hariprasad on
      Saturday issued an order of temporary injunction restraining
      Baselios Thomas I (formerly Thomas Mar Dionysius), the new
      Catholicos of the Jacobite Syrian Church, from entering any of
      the 107 parish churches in Angamali Diocese, 57 churches in Kochi
      Diocese and 55 churches in Kandanad Diocese of the Malankara
      Church which are administered under the 1934 constitution of
      the Church.

      The Court also issued orders restraining the Catholicos from
      acting as the Catholicos or bishop of the Malankara Church. The
      Judge pointed out that nobody could claim that there are still
      two groups in the Church after the election to the Malankara
      Association held under the supervision of Justice Malimath, the
      observer appointed by the Apex Court.

      The order was passed on an interlocutory application filed by
      Thomas Mar Athanasius Metropolitan of the Chengannur Diocese
      and two others belonging to the rival Orthodox faction of the
      Malankara Church. They submitted that Mar Dionysius was not
      entitled to benefit the status quo order of the Supreme Court
      in the Church dispute case.

      Meanwhile, Thampu George Thukalan, secretary of the Jacobite
      Syrian Church, said in a statement that Saturday�s order was not
      applicable to the Jacobite Church or its Catholicos as it is made
      clear in the order itself that the order is applicable only to
      churches belonging to Malankara Orthodox Church which are
      administered by the 1934 constitution.

      The order is not applicable to churches which have joined together
      to form Jacobite Syrian Christian Association and decided to stand
      steadfast for the ancient traditions and faith of the Malankara
      Church. These churches are administered as per the constitution
      drawn up and accepted by the Jacobite Syrian Christian Association.

      Thomas Mar Dionysius was elected Catholicos as per the said
      constitution. Even as per the the Supreme Court judgment the
      Patriarch of Antioch is the supreme head of the Church.

      Mar Dionysius was ordained Catholicos by that supreme head

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