Catholic chief priests offer to mediate in Orthodox-Jacobite church dispute
Kochi: Chief priests of various churches have offered to hold mediation talks in the Orthodox-Jacobite church dispute.
Arch Bishop Dr. M Soosa Pakiam (Latin Church), Major Arch Bishop Cardinal George Alencherry (Syro-Malabar Catholic Church), Joseph Mar Thoma Metropolitan (Marthoma Church), Cardinal Baselios Cleemis (Syro-Malankara Catholic Church) and Bishop Thomas K Oommen (Madhya Kerala Diocese) have written a letter to the chief priests of Orthodox and Jacobite factions, informing of their willingness to mediate.
In the letter, the chief priests termed the dispute between the two factions is painful. Conflicts over religious matters including entry into church and funeral among others is causing pain to the Christian community. Hence, Catholic representatives are willing to mediate in the dispute, the letter read.
The dispute intensified after the Supreme Court verdict. On November 27, 2019, there was a meeting of chief priests of various churches at Thiruvananthapuram. Based on this meeting, the decision to mediate in the dispute was taken.
The Jacobite faction has welcomed the mediation offer. However, the Orthodox church had made it clear that they will not be part of any mediation talks that is against the Supreme Court verdict, which in their favour. The Orthodox faction has not responded to the offer.