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Syro-Malabar bishops’ synod opens today

The Synod in the Oriental Churches is vested with immense power to take decision in all matters which affects the life of the Church.

 
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Kochi: 

The synod of Syro-Malabar bishops scheduled to begin today plans to take up crucial issues that have been rocking the Eastern-rite church.

“This is the first Synod after the termination of the mandate of the Apostolic Administrator in the Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly and the suspension of the two auxiliary bishops of Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly from their Office by Holy Father Pope Francis,” said a note from the Church’s media commission.

The 48th Session of the Synod, the second in this year, is expected to have the attendance 57 of 63 bishops in the Church. Six retired bishops have regretted the inability to attend it because of ill health, the note said.

The 11-day long synod concludes will go on Aug. 30 in the Church’s headquarters based at Mount St. Thomas in Kakkanad, near Kochi.

Pope Francis has given the mandate to the Synod “to decide on the future ministry of the suspended auxiliary bishops” and it Synod will exercise that mandate, the note said.

The leadership meet also is expected to study the lack of discipline shown by some clergy on issues related the land deal of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, it said.

“The involvement of the clergy of the Archdiocese in fabricating false documents against Cardinal Alencherry and seven other bishops of the Latin Church of Kerala also would be a hard topic to deal with,” it said.

“The Synod in the Oriental Churches is vested with immense power to take decision in all matters which affects the life of the Church. And this time, it is the turn of the Synod of the Syro-Malabar Church to prove its merit,” the official note said from Abraham Kavilpurayidathil, public relation officer of the Church.

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