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Kolenchery Issue – Why the state promots mobocracy? Is this not contempt of court?


Why are the right wing politicians who rule the Kerala State today so blind to the deep commitment of Gandhiji to truth? Gandhi’s devotion to relative truth was an integral part of his dedication to the absolute truth. He wrote in My Experiments with Truth about this commitment in these words: “I worship God as Truth only…… I am prepared to sacrifice the things dearest to me in pursuit of this quest. Even if the sacrifices demanded be my very life, I hope I may be prepared to give it. But as long as I have not realized this Absolute truth, so long must I hold by the relative truth as I have conceived it. That relative truth must meanwhile be my beacon, my shield and buckler.” It was based on this fundamental principle that he led many satyagrahas for the liberation of the nation and transformation of the society.

But today many politicians including the present state leadership indirectly say that ‘craze for power is our beacon, our shield and buckler’. Marinating power without any regard for morality is the governing principle of Political realism. Henry Kissinger in his masterpiece Diplomacy has extensively described political realism unhindered by his moral feelings or those of politicians of his stamp. Why do the present state authorities follow just the ideology of Kissinger or Otto van Bismarck rather than Gandhiji.

When there is a dispute regarding any issue and opposing claims regarding truth, it is not politicians or any officials of the government who make a verdict to determine truth and the right procedure in future. Political interests or any other interests should not blind people to see the truth. That is why a deep analysis of all claims and an impartial concluding verdict by the courts are extremely essential and relevant.

Upholding the 1995 Supreme Court verdict concerning the Malankara church and rejecting the suit filed by Antiochean loyalists (OS 43/2007) , the Ernakulam district court gave the order that Kolenchery church should be governed by the 1934 constitution as any other parish in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. An appeal for stay against this was rejected by the High court of Kerala on September 6th, 2011.

Why is the Executive reluctant to do the needful earnestly to ensure the implementation of justice? Why are a group of church members and certain politicians arguing for a settlement through reconciliation at this juncture? Why cannot this be considered as contempt of court and dishonouring of the Judiciary. Why is the state promoting mobocracy? Is this not an indirect encouragement to people by the State to resort to goondaism and violence to get their selfish interests fulfilled? Is this not an attempt to ridicule the law abiding people of this nation?

Exhortation to love one another is the core of the teachings of Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God, the governing principle of unity in the Church, inspires the faithful to follow Christ and grow in Him. Why can’t we think of the Formulation of a Constitution for the Church to ensure this unity as part of the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Then what was the spirit which moved those who gave leadership to a division in Malankara Orthodox Church disregarding the Constitution and Christ? As a conclusion of the consequent legal suits, the apex court of this country gave the verdict that there is only one Malankara Orthodox Church, which is governed by the 1934 constitution. Before and after this also there were many official and unofficial discussions to restore unity. The Supreme Court judgment as well as the District judgments like that in the case of Kolenchery church are invitations to restore unity of the faithful in the Church. When the parish follows this order, most of the people even in the patriarchal faction will also be joining the parish to promote unity in the church. But a few leaders, who were struggling to keep them away against the will of the Spirit of truth, fear this re-union. So the present fasting and satyagraha under the leadership of H.H. Baselios Marthoma Paulos II is a struggle and motivation for the unity of the Church too.

It is very important to hope against hope that fasting and prayer will unleash divine energy to overcome egoism and all evil forces in all factions to strengthen this ancient church in unity.

The martyrs of the Church who offered their lives out of their love to God or their commitment to the church and society which was inspired by that love, declared their fearlessness publicly. They were not ready to succumb to pressures of the State to give up their commitment to truth and justice. For them, love of God was more valuable than self love. Let us wish and pray that the present struggle for justice be ultimately a boost for following Christ in truth and love. May God bless us to experience a glorious union of justice and love so that we could be an instrument of peace in the society.

(Excerpts from Fr. Dr. Bijesh Philip’s address to the Nagpur Seminary community (STOTS) on the occasion of coordinated fasting and prayer at the Seminary in solidarity with the Church’s struggle for justice at Kolenchery.)

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Malankara Syrian Christian Association 2011

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On Kolenchery Church issue – Fr. Dr. Johns Abraham

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Ahmedabad, Bengaluru Dioceses extend support to HH Catholicose


KOLENCHERY: The Dioceses of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru have extended their whole-hearted support to the fast undertaken by Catholicose of the East, HH Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II at Kolenchery.

Tension has been prevailing in Kolencherry since Catholicos Baelious Mar Thoma Paulose II, who heads the Orthodox faction went on an indefinite fast since Sunday evening, demanding execution of the court order which allows the faction to have the ownership of the two churches.

Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios and Advocate Mathai Mampallil representing Ahmedabad Diocese and Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim and Fr John Peter representing Bengaluru Diocese garlanded the Catholicose and expressed their solidarity with the Catholicos.

All the parishes in both the dioceses of Ahmedabad and Bengaluru held seperate meetings after the Holy Eucharist on Wednesday and expressed their support to the fast-strike.

Both Dr Mar Yulios and Dr Mar Seraphim are camping at Kolenchery Church and have requested their respective faithful members to rush to the spot at the earliest.

Meanwhile, Dr Mar Seraphim will not be available for the one-day conference of OCYM & MGOCSM of Bengaluru Diocese on September 17 due to the prevailing crisis. Dr Yuhanon Mar Demetrius, Assistant Metropolitan, Delhi Diocese, will lead the conference in the absence of Dr Mar Seraphim.

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Church dispute referred for mediation


KOCHI, Sept 13 (PTI): The Kerala High Court today referred the dispute between the Jacobite and Orthodox factions of the Malankara church over ownership of Kolenchery St Peter’s and St Paul’s church for mediation.

The president of Kerala mediation centre, Justice Thothathil B Radhakrishnan referred the matter for mediation on an application by Ernakulam district Collector, P I Shaikh Pareeth.

The mediation will be conducted by Senior Advocate N Dharmadan and advocate Sreelal Warrier.

Tension has been prevailing in Kolencherry since Catholicos Baelious Mar Thoma Paulose II, who heads the Orthodox faction went on an indefinite fast since Sunday evening, demanding execution of the court order which allows the faction to have the ownership of the two churches.

Catholicos Baselious Thomas I, heading the Jacobite faction, is also undertaking a fast demanding that status quo be maintained until a final settlement is reached.

The Orthodox faction will observe a protest day tomorrow in all the churches under it. A tense situation is prevailing in the area. All efforts by the Collector to sort out the issue has not so far yielded any results following which the Collector had approached the high court.

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Sunday School teachers to incorporate modern teaching techniques

Sunday School teachers to incorporate modern teaching techniques
Students vow to fast on Fridays, pray regularly

HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Region of Sunday School organised a one-day conference for students and teachers on September 10 at St Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral, Hyderabad. This was held as part of the 3-day ‘Logos 2011’- Hyderabad Central Convention.

About 80 students and 30 teachers attended.

The conference was led by Dr Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bengaluru Diocese. At the conclusion of the conference, the students decided to fast on Fridays, start morning prayers at home and senior students ready to complete reading four gospels before December 31, 2011.

The conference started with an ice breaking session lead by Dr Mar Seraphim. The Metropolitan encouraged the students to make friends among other Sunday Schools, and strengthen the fellowship among the four parishes in the city.

Mar Seraphim also lead an interactive session with the teachers and parents. His Grace asked the teachers to incorporate modern techniques of teaching into the Sunday school.

Further sessions were lead by Fr Zachariah Ninan of Njaliakuzhy Dayara, Kottayam and Dn Bijoy, final year student of Nagpur seminary. Music sessions were lead by the choir group of the St Gregorios Orthodox Cathedral.

The conference was also attended by the vicars of the fours parishes in the twin cities and parents of Sunday School Students.

On September 10 noon, the Orthodox Hi-Tech Fellowship meeting was held and about 25 youths participated. They decided to start Holy Eucharist on every other Sunday evenings at a rented place near Hi-Tech city.

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Kolenchery Church Issue. Speech by Edayanal Cor-episcopa

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Kolenchery Church Issue. Speech by Dr. Yuhanon Mar Milithos

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