Jacobites cannot hand over Manarcad church: Dr. Thomas Mar Timotheus
Kottayam: Dr. Thomas Mar Timotheus, Metropolitan of Kottayam diocese, said that the Jacobite faction will not hand over the Manarcad church. He also alleged that Orthodox faction could not even run many of the churches that were taken over by them in the past.
Jacobite faction has taken a firm stand that the church will not be handed over as they have an emotional connection. Thomas Mar Timotheus demanded that an ordinance should be passed to resolve the issue.
The Supreme Court verdict of 2017 mandates that the faithfuls of a diocese should not be ousted from a church. However, what happened in Kerala is violation of this. The government has a huge responsibility in this, he stated.
There are more than 4000 Jacobite families in the diocese. However, the Orthodox faction only has less than 10 members. They will not be able to run the church with these members. Meanwhile, the Jacobite faction has taken crucial decisions regarding their relationship with Orthodox faction.