Orthodox faction of Kandanad St Mary’s church conduct holy mass
Kochi: Following the favourable verdict from the apex court, the Orthodox faction of the St Mary’s Cathedral in Kandanad in Kochi conducted the holy mass on Sunday morning. It was after a period of 45 years that the holy mass is being conducted inside the church with police protection.
The Orthodox faction entered the church led by Dr Mathews Mar Severios. The Orthodox faction is holding the holy mass inside the Kandanad cathedral after 1974.
The dispute between the Orthodox and the Jacobite factions has been ongoing despite the SC verdict which gave the Orthodox faction control of all parishes under the Malankara church in Kerala. The Orthodox faction of Kandanad St Mary’s church filed a SLP before Justice Arun Mishra led bench challenging the HC order allowing Jacobite faction to conduct prayers inside the church. Justice Mishra criticized the HC for contravening the SC’s verdict.