Jacobite devotees submit petition in SC seeking to join as party in Sabarimala case
New Delhi: The Jacobite faction has approached the Supreme Court to join as party in the Sabarimala case that seeks to examine how much interference courts can make in matters pertaining to religion and belief.
In the petition submitted at the apex court, jacobite devotees pointed out that religious leaders have the authority to decide on religious customs and that specific religious groups have the right to decide on required religious customs and traditions.
The jacobite devotees also pointed out that the Patriarch of Antioch should be declared as their spiritual leader. No court has banned the spiritual position of the Patriarch of Antioch. The priests appointed in Jacobite churches at present do not accept the Patriarch of Antioch as their leader, stated the request filed by advocate Harris Beeran.
The jacobite devotees also requested that the seven sacraments and the funeral ceremony should be performed by priests who acknowledge the Patriarch of Antioch. The petition was filed by Leji Paul, Eldose MS, Saji Vadakkekkara, Baiju KM, Mathew K John.
The Supreme Court bench of Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Amithava Roy had pronounced in 2017 that churches under Malankara faction should administer as per the constitution of 1934. It also stated that the declaration of 1913 or the constitution framed in 2002 cannot be accepted. After the implementation of this verdict, the Jacobite faction had to hand over many churches to the Orthodox faction.