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Laity groups extend support to Cardinal in land deal

The move to isolate Cardinal Alencherry cannot be accepted and the attempts to annihilate the Church will be resisted, they said.

 
Kochi: 

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Association has extended its support to Cardinal Mar George Alencherry in the case related to the controversial land deal of the Ernakulam- Angamaly Archdiocese.

The members of various laity organizations, who assembled at the Ernakulam High Court junction on Mar 14, said the move to isolate Cardinal Alencherry cannot be accepted and the attempts to annihilate the Church will be resisted.

"This meeting aims to restore peace in Syro-Malabar Church. Nobody can destroy the Church. If anything contrary to the rules of the Church has happened, then it must be settled in the respective forums and not publicly. All those who have committed wrong should be punished. If the Church has lost money through the deeds of a person, then the money should be levied from that person. The middleman in the land deal cheated the Church. The members of the Church should come forward against this. If any priest has committed wrong, he should be punished," said Syro-Malabar Catholic Association office-bearer VV Augustine.

Some forces with wrong intentions have entered the Church. A matter which should have ended in the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese has been discussed in other avenues and in the media. Such attempts to destroy the Church cannot be accepted, the believers said.

Meanwhile, representatives of the official laity organisation and clergy held a meeting at the St Martin De Porres Church in Palarivattom on Mar 12 and formed a new outfit called Archdiocese Movement for Peace to find a solution to the dispute.

Senior priests of the Archdiocese and representatives of official laity organisations such as the CLC, Kerala Catholic Youth Movement and Mission League were present.

“We want the Archdiocese to be united. Archdiocese Movement for Peace is an umbrella organisation comprising representatives of all official laity organisations. Nearly 50 priests have offered support and we expect more to join,” said Benny Antony, one of the conveners of the newly formed organisation.

“What we could understand is nothing but personal grudge has led to the present issues. Though it could have been settled internally, a section of priests worsened the situation by taking it on to the streets. We are hopeful that the issues could be solved through discussions,” he said.

Source: english.mathrubhumi.com, New Indian Express

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