News: 'Catholicos Baselius Thomas I hasn't violated court orders'
- KOCHI: The Jacobite Syrian Christian Church has said that Catholicos
Baselius Thomas I had conducted service only in churches which have
accepted the constitution of the Jacobite Syrian Church and he does
not want to enter the churches which follow the constitution of 1934.
A statement from the Jacobite Syrian Church said that the Catholicos
of the Orthodox faction has never welcomed the Supreme Court judgment
in its true spirit. If they had accepted it, edicts would have been
sent to parish churches to the effect that they had accepted the
supremacy of the Patriarch of Antioch as envisaged by the court
The accusations of the Catholicos of the Orthodox faction are
contrary to the findings of the court. As the parish churches are not
parties in suits and have opted out of the Malankara Association,
framed a constitution for protecting their faith, tradition, freedom
and object of foundation and also the fundamental rights guaranteed
by the Constitution, the 1934 constitution does not affect the parish
churches either on spiritual matters or on temporal affairs, since
the parish general body is the final authority, the statement added.