“The election process is governed by the criteria and code of conduct approved by us and which has subsequently come into effect.
As per this code of conduct, campaigning, overtly or covertly, by any candidate is sufficient reason for the disqualification of his candidature.
Through this Kalpana we inform you that we have appointed a Monitoring Committee with H. B Paulose Mar Milithios, the Catholicos Designate as Chairman to observe such activities and report to the Holy Episcopal Synod.
In case any Episcopal candidate who has submitted his nomination engages in any sort of campaigning directly or indirectly, overtly or covertly, the matter should be reported to the Chairman of the Monitoring Committee in writing with the name and address of the person reporting.” (Kalpana No. 482/2009 dtd November 24, 2009 from the Catholicos)
While reading this (the Kalpana does not define the implementation dates -when to when)
1. Many think that this Kalpana is not in force after the screening committee published the list of 14 candidates as instructed.
2. If the Kalpana is still in force, many wonder then what the meaning of the word “Election” is.
3. Some may think that it is a kind of Episcopal activism, sidelining the authority of Managing committee and the Malankara Association. Ultimately the very democratic nature of the church and its administration will be overturned. A kind of constitutional lapse.
Article 64 of the Church constitution says ” The Catholicos in consultation with the Malankara Association Managing Committee and according to the recommendation of the Malankara Episcopal Synod allocate Dioceses to the Metropolitans”
On the contrary, the official website of the Church says “The bishops rule the diocese assigned to them by the synod”. Is this a deliberate move to sideline the authority of Sabha managing Committee? Is the church itself violate the constitution?
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