KOTTAYAM: The 70th anniversary celebrations (Sapthathi) of the Kerala Council of Churches, the umbrella organization of the various non-Catholic churches in Kerala, began in Kottayam on Thursday 26 August, 2009.
Marthoma Valia Metrapolita Philipose Mar Chrisostum inaugurated the Sapthathi celebrations of KCC by lighting the lamp.
Presiding the Sapthathi meeting, president of KCC, Bishop Abraham Mar Paulos of Marthoma Church said the organization had always taken positions which it deemed good for the society. This was taken in spite of the fact that, individual member churches had expressed dissent on various issues.
The Bishop said KCC would strongly intervene against the Court verdict that has decriminalized Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. Pointing out that the Church leadership in Kerala had not reacted to the issue in a strong and effective manner, Bishop Abraham Mar Paulos said while decriminalizing the Section, the issue of Fundamental Rights was considered only in letter and not in spirit.
The Bishop also took serious note of the recurring controversy over admission in self-financing professional colleges during the past few years, especially during the admission period. Education should be viewed as the society’s long-term investment in the coming generations.
Rajan Gurukkal, vice chancellor of MG University,was the key note speaker.
Bishops Yuhanon Mar Milithos ,Thomas Mar Themotheos, Bishop Dr. sam Mathew, Euyakim Mar Coorilos, Kuriakose Mar Ivanios, Kuriakose Mar Eusebius- Fr. K.V. Paulose, Jaisey Karingattil and many others spoke. The Assembly ended on Friday.