Pope Francis save Syro Malabar Church from the rebellious priests.
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I am a catholic faithful belonging to the Syro Malabar Church. I support this petition to inform you of some sad developments in one of the archdioceses of our church. The Church in India, particularly the Syro Malabar Church, is undergoing a period of tribulations and counter witness because of the mischiefs done by a group of priests from the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. There were some land dealings in the Archdiocese preceded by due deliberations and consultations in the eparchial curia and in the eparchial finance council. The dealings followed some alleged money loss to the Archdiocese.
A group of priests from the Archdiocese who wanted to depose the Major Archbishop Mar George Card. Alencherry from his office has suddenly come up in public accusing the Archbishop of mishandling of archdiocesan assets and corruption. Some of them appeared in the media insulting and attacking verbally the Major Archbishop. The media have taken up the issue and interpreted that the whole Catholic Church is a business minded institution. Some of the priests have used the Christian weekly, Sathyadeepam, managed by the Archdiocese to offend the Major Archbishop. The Major Archbishop was forcefully prevented from celebrating Eucharistic Liturgy on the Christmas night by the priests who had hired a dozen goons to threaten him. The priests forbade him also from giving priestly ordinations. They have also threatened the other priests in the Archdiocese who stand with the truth and say that the Major Archbishop is clean and innocent.
The Synod of bishops have appointed an episcopal commission with Archbishop Mathew Moolakkatt as its chairman to study and resolve the problem. They have held meetings with the presbyteral council of the Archdiocese and provided measures for solving the issues. The commission has found that there were only minor procedural errors from the part of the Major Archbishop. The priests were not ready to abide by the decisions of the synodal commission and of the synod. They continued to publically create a nuisance by insulting the Synod and the Major Archbishop. They have propagated that the Synod of bishops had no competency to involve in the issue. They have hired some other lay persons to form a movement with the name Archdiocesan Movement for Transparency. Some of the priests have been regularly attending their meetings and participating their propaganda against the Church.
There have been for long time a group of disobedient priests in the Archdiocese who deliberately and maliciously resisted all the decisions coming from legitimate ecclesial authorities. They have threatened the previous Major Archbishops also and they have been following their whims and fancies. The Synod’s decisions concerning the Eucharistic celebration and the administration of the sacraments of initiation have not been put to practice in the Archdiocese. Some of the priests in the Archdiocese does not follow any text for Eucharistic celebration. They make only spontaneous prayers and strange rites. Some of them even practice non-Christian cultic forms and pagan rituals in the Eucharist that in no way can be compatible with the meaning and significance of the Eucharist. The indiscipline of the priests of the Archdiocese knows no limits. Mar George Alencherry ever since his enthronement had taken a firm stand to ensure that the Liturgy is celebrated adhering to the Synodal directives throughout the Church. He had succeeded in implementing this in all the dioceses and migrant centers/ mission stations outside the proper territory. This, along with his many of the actions in partial to the poor and marginalized, including his order to ensure decent salary for nurses and other employees in the Church run institutions invited more furore within this group of priests. Even when Mar Alencherry can be blamed only for the technical mistakes in supervising the land deal, the said group of priests who consider it as the best chance to overthrow Mar Alencherry are accusing and tarnishing the Church and the Major Archbishop in the most ridicule manner.
The present situation of the Archdiocese and of the Syro Malabar Church is very sad and painful. The faithful and the religious of the entire Church, and a group of priests from the Archdiocese of Eranakulam-Angamaly and the clerics from all other dioceses are profoundly grieved by the trouble caused by the wicked, malicious and spiteful behaviour of the conflicting group of priests from the Archdiocese. The present state of affairs requires urgent and immediate intervention of the Holy See. There are evident instances of disloyalty, conspiracy, and betrayal from the part of some of the wicked and disobedient priests. This has been a counter witness in the society and the Church has been made an object of ridicule and laughter. I humbly request your Holiness to kindly intervene in the matter to find a solution, to ensure discipline and obedience in the Archdiocese and to restore peace in the Church.
Yours respectfully and obediently
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