Priests call off hunger strike against Alencherry
Kochi: A group of priests who were on a hunger strike against Cardinal Mar George Alencherry in Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese has called off the protest. They called off the strike after holding discussion with the permanent synod.
The priests responded that their strike was successful.
“The synod representatives promised that the grievances will be redressed. With the assurance we decided to temporarily call off the strike,” said priests.
Addressing the media, Fr Kuriakose Mundadan stated that Permanent Synod tried to settle the issue when the priests started the strike.
“Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath, a member in Permanent Synod, phoned Fr Jose Puthiyedath and Fr Sebastian Thaliyan when we started the protest. He invited them for friendly talks to settle the issue. We demanded the synod to hold unconditional talks and they accepted it,” said the priest.
Bishops in Permanent Synod, representatives in Mount St.Thomas and 9 priests representing 451 priests in the archdiocese took part in the discussion.
Among the five demands of the priests, the synod has accepted to meet their four demands. The Synod will consider their demand to remove Mar Alencherry from Archbishop’s position.
The Synod promised that they will not support actions against priests over fake document case. At the same time, the Synod will take decision on reinstatement of the suspended auxiliary bishops as per the direction from Vatican.