Posts Tagged ‘Syro-Malabar Church’

Indian archbishop, priest sued for denying couple church marriage

Thursday, August 31st, 2023

A Catholic youth has petitioned the top court in Kerala state in southern India, seeking contempt of court proceedings against an archbishop and a parish priest for refusing to solemnise his marriage in the Church. Justin John, a member of Kottayam Knanaya Archdiocese in the Eastern rite Syro-Malabar Church, filed a contempt of court petition Read more

Papal delegate leaves while liturgy row worsens in India

Thursday, August 24th, 2023
Liturgy row

A liturgy row is threatening to split India’s Syro-Malabar Church. The Eastern-rite Church in the southern Indian Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese is refusing to say the synod-approved Mass. The refusal is in open defiance of a pontifical delegate’s directives. The liturgy row The archdiocese’s priests and the laity want celebrants to face the congregation throughout the Mass. Read more

Vatican appointee’s liturgy letter burnt

Thursday, June 29th, 2023
Liturgy circular

A Vatican appointee’s liturgy circular is drawing ire from lay Indian Catholics in Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese. They burnt it in a public protest. Archbishop Andrews Thazhath’s circular insisted on a controversial form of Mass. That form has been the centre of a dispute for 50 years. St Mary’s Basilica, which is the seat of the Major Read more

Court forces Indian archdiocese to part with endogamy

Thursday, April 20th, 2023

The endogamous Knanaya Catholics in the Indian state of Kerala have marked the end of their centuries-old practice of not marrying outside the close-knit community when one of their parishes allowed a parishioner to marry a woman outside their archdiocese. On April 15, a priest in the Kottayam Archdiocese allowed parishioner Justin John to engage Read more

Schism possible – bitter liturgical dispute gets nastier

Thursday, November 24th, 2022
a schism

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
cardinal to appear

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

Catholic protestors set fire to bishop’s letter

Thursday, October 6th, 2022
protestors set fire to letter

A group of Catholic protestors in southern India set fire to a copy of an archbishop’s letter instructing parishes to implement a new mode of celebrating the liturgy. Members of the Archdiocesan Movement for Transparency (AMT) set alight to the circular letter from Archbishop Andrews Thazhath outside Bishop’s House in Ernakulum, Kerela. Andrews Thazhath, the Read more

Vatican asks Indian archbishop to resign over liturgical dispute

Thursday, July 28th, 2022

An archbishop of Eastern Rite Syro-Malabar Church has resigned following the Vatican’s directions after he was accused of defying the Church’s supreme synod in the decades-long liturgical dispute. Archbishop Antony Kariyil, the vicar of the major archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese in southern Kerala state, expressed willingness to resign on July 26, six days after he Read more

State government clears Indian cardinal on contested real estate deals

Monday, July 18th, 2022

A cardinal who leads Indian’s Syro-Malabar Church has been cleared by his state government of charges of wrongdoing related to real estate deals estimated to have resulted in losses of around $10 million. The financial controversy led to protests from some of his own clergy and laity, and his temporary loss of administrative authority by Read more