Kolenchery Church feud – HH The Catholicose on hunger strike

Written By: on Sep 13th, 2011 and filed under Church News, Features, News.


KOLENCHERY: The District authorities have banned gatherings of more than four people in an attempt to diffuse created tension around St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Kolenchery among the Malankara Orthodox and Jacobite factions.

Problems arose on Saturday, when Jacobites tried to enter the church. The Orthodox faction demanded the rival group to abide by the district court order.

The dispute over the St. Peters and St. Paul’s church, Kolenchery began years ago. The latest tension erupted after a local court handed control of the church to the Malankara group on August 16.

The supreme head of the Orthodox Church, HH Baselios Marthoma Paulose II launched hunger strike, demanding the execution of the recent court verdict, on Sept. 11 near the disputed church.

Police had vacated all from the church and put security in place, after declaring 144.

Meanwhile, the district administration invited both the factions for a discussion at the Government Guest House at 10 am on Monday to sort out the issues, was also failed.

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14 Responses for “Kolenchery Church feud – HH The Catholicose on hunger strike”

  1. Jacob says:

    Why there is a ST. Thomas Evangelical Church of India?

    Why you get away from your mother church Marthoma? where was your christian principles then. Dont make a fool by yourself.

    Did you not remember the court cases with the Marthoma Church or are you a small kid?

  2. I have a question for all of you. Aren’t you a church? Why can’t you solve this problem in a godly way instead of through arguements. You proclaim the Bible but dont practice it. Hindus are beter then this. The court doesn’t fix this God does. The end is coming a nation against a nation, churches against churches. We should fix our trobles through Jesus not through profinaty.

  3. Reni Daniel says:

    This struggle proved the inherent wekaness of Thomas Pradhaman’s team. None of his bishiops could perform while the bishops of Orhtodox Church were activley leading the movement on various fronts when their head HH Bavs and Synod secretary Severios Thirumeni fasted.

    Pradhaman landed in a case for breakingt the shutter of Cross and now a contempt of court may soon come up. Altogther it was a ‘KSHEENAM’ Paripadi for Pradhaman.

  4. Reni Daniel says:

    The counsel who appeared for Government tried in vain to pictur it as a law and order problem. But Hon judge said:”: That is none of our busines” It is the duty of the admnistration to handle it. So that was over. Adv Sreekumar of Orthodox Church produced the letter signed by the District Collector on behalf of the Disrict Adminstration Division bench said; “Now what is the problem?”

    The drama of the Jacobites to picture this as a law and order problem is NOT going to work. Pradhaman’ utterances will also put him in trouble

  5. Reni Daniel says:

    Adv Sreekumar of Orthodox Church produced the letter signed by the District Collector on behalf of the Disrict Adminstration Division bench said; “Now what is the problem?”
    Govt is duty bound to obey the order of the Court and they have given it in writing.
    Now the case wil be heard by the Division bench. It might later go to Supreme Court.

    be watchful abot some people who try to create a rift in our camp. One thing is evident: As days pass by the condidence of the Jacobites is going southward.
    Evrything willend when the satan is chained as the Bibel said. The end is near!

    Let us pray.

  6. Reni Daniel says:

    vazhathara, You do not write anything on your own. You just lift from somewhere and post it aiming to create division among members of teh Church.

    Supreme Court has already given its ruling in 1995 and no other court in this land has teh authority to challenge it.

    Govt has already given in writing that COURT ORDER WILL BE IMPLEMENTED, Your tharavela will not work, understand vazhathara

  7. Abraham (Old) says:

    @ Baby

    Apart from bullock cart, what other means of transportation was available in 1913 ? :-)

  8. baby says:

    hi all,
    now orthodox fraction is celebrating 100 th aniverssary of enthronrment of catholicose in india. people of kolenchery should celebrate this ocassion as exit of murimattathil sevorious catholica from kolenchery in 1913. it is lerant from elders that he had to leave kolenchery in a bullock cart .

  9. A . Mathew says:

    @ Dear Brother / Sir John K Rajan,

    It can become a unilateral decision only in the case , if the court verdict is against the Orthodox church but still he is taking a decision in favour of Orthodox church by not implementing the court order.

  10. A . Mathew says:

    @ Dear Brother / Sir John K Rajan

    If the Honourable Chief minister is to take a decision based only on the public welfare and interest related to all disputes settled by the courts , then the honourable Chief minister should have been approached by the Jacobite faction instead of appealing in the honourable High Court in the ‘ Kolenchery church case ‘ for the case filed by them and failed in the District court. The Government is also responsible for executing the court orders.

  11. JOHN K RAJAN says:

    Oommen chandy is the chief Minister of state, he can not take unilateral decisions. We may be right about Kolenchery church, may have court order supporting us, but he as the chief minister of the state is only supposed to take a decision based on public welfare and interest. In this case, the constitutional and legal opinion given to him may be different from what we are thinking . Therefore, we have to be patient with the Chief Minister. For a Chief Minister, the religion is secondary, the state comes first.

  12. MR. OOMMEN CHANDY, KERALA CHIEF MINISTER, WHO HAPPENS TO BE A MEMBER OF MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH BY BIRTH, IS A POLITICIAN ALWAYS PLAYING DOUBLE ROLE, RIGHT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. IN ORDER TO GAIN ORTHODOX VOTES, HE USED TO GO TO PUTHUPALLY CHURCH AND TO GRAB JACOBITE VOTES, HE DO SENT HIS WIFE TO MANJANIKKARA DAYARA ON PERUNAL DAY! WHEN I EXPOSED HIS DOUBLE ROLE EARLIER, MANY OF MY ORTHODOX FRIENDS CHOOSE TO OPPOSE ME, STATING THAT HE IS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT PURE AND ALSO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ORTHODOX !

    NOW THAT HIS REAL FACE IS BEING EXPOSED ! HE, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF HOME & POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHO IS DUTY BOUND TO IMPLEMENT THE COURT ORDERS, IS NOT IN A POSITION TO IMPLEMENT THE ERNAKULAM SPECIAL COURT ORDER WITH REGARD TO KOLENCHERRY CHURCH! THIS IS JUST BECAUSE, THERE ARE NO OTHER ORTHODOX CHURCH MEMBERS IN HIS CABINET AND THAT HE GOT POWERFUL A OPPOSITION WITHIN HIS CABINET FROM MR. T.M. JACOB, AND MR. P.P. THANKACHEN, WHO ARE JACOBITES!

    THE ABOVE TWO WHO HAVE THREATENED TO WITHDRAW THEIR SUPPORT, HIS MINISTRY WILL FALL! MR. OOMMEN CHANDY NOW IS IN BETWEEN SATAN AND SEA (PAMOIL CASE & KOLENCHERRY CHURCH ISSUE). DEAR ORTHODOX FELLOW MEMBERS , PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM!!

  13. MR. OOMMEN CHANDY, KERALA CHIEF MINISTER, WHO HAPPENS TO BE A MEMBER OF MALANKARA ORTHODOX CHURCH BY BIRTH, IS A POLITICIAN ALWAYS PLAYING DOUBLE ROLE, RIGHT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. IN ORDER TO GAIN ORTHODOX VOTES, HE USED TO GO TO PUTHUPALLY CHURCH AND TO GRAB JACOBITE VOTES, HE DO SENT HIS WIFE TO MANJANIKKARA DAYARA ON PERUNAL DAY! WHEN I EXPOSED HIS DOUBLE ROLE EARLIER, MANY OF MY ORTHODOX FRIENDS CHOOSE TO OPPOSE ME, STATING THAT HE IS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT PURE AND ALSO ONE HUNDRED PERCENT ORTHODOX !

    NOW THAT HIS REAL FACE IS BEING EXPOSED ! HE, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF HOME & POLICE DEPARTMENT, WHO IS DUTY BOUND TO IMPLEMENT THE COURT ORDERS, IS NOT IN A POSITION TO IMPLEMENT THE ERNAKULAM SPECIAL COURT ORDER WITH REGARD TO KOLENCHERRY CHURCH! THIS IS JUST BECAUSE, THERE ARE NO OTHER ORTHODOX CHURCH MEMBERS IN HIS CABINET AND THAT HE GOT POWERFUL A OPPOSITION WITHIN HIS CABINET FROM MR. T.M. JACOB, AND MR. P.P. THANKACHEN, WHO ARE JACOBITES!

    THE ABOVE TWO WHO HAVE THREATENED TO WITHDRAW THEIR SUPPORT, HIS MINISTRY WILL FALL! MR. OOMMEN CHANDY NOW IS IN BETWEEN SATAN AND SEA (PAMOIL CASE & KOLENCHERRY CHURCH ISSUE). DEAR ORTHODOX FELLOW MEMBERS , PLEASE PRAY FOR HIM!!

  14. Dear All,

    I feel shame about you Jacobite people including your Priests. You are the pharisees of the new generations. Jesus had criticized your ancestors about 2000 years ago. You people are thinking that you are the best followers of Jesus; but not following any of His small advices. If at least one of His advices are followed by you, the present shameful disputes would not have been happened. Do you remember..? ”the disciples of Jesus also had a dispute among them- who is the senior ? Now you all are disputing for the same thing and trying to add the public in your side. You have the responsibility for injecting the bad effect of such disputes among public. Please dont forget the advice given by Jesus to his disciples- If you want to be the senior be their servant.

    What is your intention from the church? is it power, seniority or money. Then as I said, you are similar to the same pharisees of the ancient periods- the result of such people are already described in Bible. So, Please change yourself.

    Make Jesus your centre of preaching and practicing and soon we will the church open for all people to worship their God.

    Now working in Bahrain

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