KOTTAYAM: It was in a press conference yesterday Fr. Dr. O. Thomas, Priest Trustee and Dr. Alexander Karakkal, Secretary of Indian Orthodox Church jointly stated that the entry of K. Karunakaran, in the Aluva scenario with the promise of support for the Jacobites in the current issues at Aluva made crystal clear that it is not to favor either faction, but to belittle his political opponent, Oommen Chandy, the Chief Minister of Kerala.
It was announced in the conference that the entire Kerala do remember K. Karunakaran’s involvement and initiative in disbursing the great march of Jacobites in 1974, to capture the control of the Seminary by force in 1974. Criticizing K Karunakaran’s present stance in favor of the Jacobite faction, they charged that it was contrary to his earlier stance when he was the Home Minister.
The Jacobites had attempted for violence ignoring rules and regulations. They warned that attempts from any one of the political parties to support violence and agitations will not be ideal. If the Government of Kerala honors the pressures from any side, Indian Orthodox Church will also have to think soundly about their political stand. The entry of Bishops and Priests for giving support and leadership for violent activities are really unhappy. Fr.O.thomas and Dr.Alexander Karakkal said that the violent incident at the Thrikkunnathu seminary was shameful to the entire Christian community.
Refuting the charges at a media conference in Kottayam, they contended that the Orthodox Church did not enter the church which was in dispute but the seminary and chapel near it fully owned by the church. The Hon. Court verdict clearly states that the Thrikkunnathu Seminary belongs to Indian Orthodox Church. They confirmed that the permission to enter the Seminary and premises lies with the Indian Orthodox Church.
Prof. E.J. John-Senior Deputy Secretary , Prof. Jose Parekadavil-P.R.O ,also attended the press conference.