Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal George Alencherry’

Vatican directs Indian Church to settle dispute

Thursday, May 11th, 2023

A liturgical dispute that has been plaguing India’s Eastern rite Syro-Malabar Church could be resolved soon, said officials after their Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry and top officials returned from a visit to the Vatican this week. Cardinal Alencherry and four members of the Church’s Permanent Synod held detailed discussions with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Read more

Schism possible – bitter liturgical dispute gets nastier

Thursday, November 24th, 2022
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A schism with the Vatican is possible in the Syro-Malabar Catholic archdiocese in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The priests and laity are demanding a liturgy variant status to their traditional Eastern rite Syro-Malaba Mass. Regardless of the outcome, they’ll do what they think is right, even if it means splitting with the body Read more

Church land sale sees cardinal in court

Thursday, November 17th, 2022
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A top court in the southern Indian state of Kerala has demanded a cardinal appear to face questions over his alleged involvement in the sale of Church lands. The Kerela High Court dismissed an appeal by Cardinal George Alencherry seeking exemption from appearing in a district court. The decision means the head of Eastern rite Read more

Indian Catholic protesters burn effigies of cardinals

Monday, March 21st, 2022

A group of Catholics in the southern Indian state of Kerala burned effigies of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches, and Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church, to protest their stand on the five-decade-old liturgy dispute. The protesters also called for a total boycott of Cardinal Read more

Cardinal Alencherry removed

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Cardinal George Alencherry has been removed as the head of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. Alencherry is facing criminal charges for controversial land deals, resulting in a loss of about NZ$20million to the archdiocese. “There are two complaints – writing the deed of the sale of property without even receiving any payment and selling the property Read more

Priests want pope to stop cardinal’s reinstatement

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

Over 250 priests say they do not want Cardinal George Alencherry to be reinstated as their archbishop. Alencherry was removed from his administrative responsibilities last year after priests made public allegations that he sold off land and incurred a loss of US$10 million for the archdiocese. Now a spokesperson for the priests says the Oriental Read more

Pope Francis reinstates falsely accused Indian cardinal to diocese

Monday, July 1st, 2019

Pope Francis has restored full administrative powers of the archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, in Kerala to Cardinal George Alencherry. The Cardinal was temporarily suspended following the start of a judicial proceeding that saw him involved in an alleged illegal sale of land belonging to the local Church. The Cardinal has been definitively acquitted of all charges. Read more

Fabricated bank accounts used to discredit Cardinal

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Forged documents and false accusations resulted in a lengthy police investigation of an Indian cardinal. Police in the Kerala state found after months of investigation that bank accounts presented as evidence against Cardinal George Alencherry, head of the Syro-Malabar Church (one of the three rites of the Indian Catholic Church), had been falsified. The documents Read more