Jacobites launch protest against Kerala government

March 23, 2013 by  
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Nearly 30 Jacobite bishops and over a hundred clergymen from across the state began a sit-in.

Jacobite bishopsKerala, March 18, 2013: Bishops and clergymen from the Jacobite group of the Malankara Church protested against the atrocities on them by the police and failure to reopen churches that were closed to them.

Nearly 30 Jacobite bishops and over a hundred clergymen from across the state began a sit-in yesterday over the issues.

Jacobite Episcopal Synod secretary Joseph Mar Gregorios said the government’s approach to was biased and it was up to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to prove that he was not influenced by the ‘machinations’ of the Orthodox group to which he belonged.

He said that the recent police action on Jacobites, including women and children at several places in the State, making even a funeral a riot spot, was proof of this.

The churches that were closed following disputes between the two groups should be opened to Jacobites, he said.

He alleged that if government had the will to ensure the rule of law, it could actually settle the issue in 24 hours.

However, the discussions held with the government were far from satisfactory, he added.

The group’s Central Europe Metropolitan Kuriakose Mar Theophilose and others also addressed the protest.

Prominent persons of the group, who said their stance had received support from the Catholic Church, the Indian Union Muslim League, the Nair Service Society, and the SNDP added that they were open to discussions with any of these groups as mediators as well.

 

– the hindu

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