Jacobite faction to maintain memberships in churches to protect Antioch faith
Kottayam: The Jacobite Syrian Church is planning to protect the Antioch faith by maintaining memberships in churches that have been taken over by Orthodox faction following the Supreme Court ruling.
The decision has been taken due to the general sentiment among the Jacobite faithful that their churches were being taken over by the Orthodox faction using court order and that it should be stopped.
The cemeteries of the ancestors, who held onto their Antioch faith, are located in many of the churches. When the Orthodox faction takes over these churches, Jacobite devotees are losing these cemeteries as well. Jacobite faction said that they are denied the right to even pray in the graveyard of their spiritual forefathers.
Jacobite church authorities claim that they are unable to conduct even the annual holy mass as they lost the churches in which their ancestors were laid to rest. This is the reason why the Jacobite church authorities decided to maintain the church membership.
Jacobite faction built new churches abandoning the old ones where they have been worshipping for several centuries in the northern region following the court order. The construction of several new churches is going on in many areas.
Jacobite faction believes that though the SC ruling handed over churches to Orthodox faction, it does not mention removing Jacobite faithful from the churches. Jacobite faction believes that this will lend strength to their move to maintain church memberships.
The new decision was taken in the meeting held at St. Joseph's Cathedral here on Tuesday under the leadership of Kottayam diocese. The meeting was chaired by Thomas Mor Timotheos Metropolitan, who is the secretary of Holy Episcopal Synod of Jacobite Syrian Christian Church.