My mission is to eliminate ill repute of archdiocese: New Administrator
Kochi: The newly appointed Apostolic Administrator Bishop Mar Jacob Manathodath said that his duty is to eliminate the ill repute fell on the Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese in the recent past. He was speaking after the installation ceremony at Ernakulam St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica.
Bishop Mar Jacob Manathodath was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator directly from Vatican. He replaced the current Apostolic Administrator, Syro-Malabar Church Major Arch Bishop Mar George Alencherry. There were allegations raised against Alencherry regarding the land deal of the church. When a group of priests demanded he be removed from the post, it led to difference of opinion within the archdiocese.
Bishop Mar Jacob Manathodath said that he is bestowed with a great responsibility as he is appointed as the Apostolic Administrator during a crisis in the archdiocese. ‘The reputation of the archdiocese earned by the ancestors was lost recently. I’m entrusted with the mission to regain it. I need help and cooperation of all for the same,’ he said.
He added that the Fathers and believers offered him great support on knowing that he is appointed as the Apostolic Administrator and expressed his gratitude to them. He made it clear that the Vatican authorities had not discussed it with him before appointment and he accepted it when the order was received. Presently, he is the Bishop of Palakkad diocese and will continue in the position.
Cardinal Mar George Alencherry said during the installation ceremony that the present issues in the Church can be resolved if everyone stayed together. It was Alencherry himself who nominated Manathodath as the new Apostolic Administrator.
Though he left the office of Apostolic Administrator, Mar George Alencherry will continue as Major Arch Bishop. But he will have to deal with only church duties. The administrative duties will be completely entrusted with the new administrator.
Vatican representative in India Giambattista Diquattro also attended the ceremony. The order from Vatican directs that though Manathodath can seek advice from Alencherry, the decisions should not be influenced by him.
The report from Vatican also mentions about those who publicly criticized Alencherry. But their demand to audit the financial transactions of the Church for the past few years have been approved. Mar Manathodath is entrusted with the responsibility of audit. Also he can take decisions regarding the repayment of debts by selling the land. Also he has been directed to send monthly reports of the situation to Vatican.