Vatican demands resignation of Bishop Antony Kariyil over uniform holy mass row

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Kochi: The Vatican issued a notice demanding the resignation of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese Bishop Antony Kariyil concerning the ongoing dispute over uniform holy mass. The notice was issued in person after summoning the bishop to Delhi.

The action was taken against the bishop for siding with those who opposed Cardinal George Alencherry's decision to implement the uniform mass code. Several people demanded the resignation of the bishop from the post. Following this, the Vatican intervened on the matter and issued a notice.

The notice barred the bishop from residing in areas under the Ernakulam- Angamali archdiocese.

For several decades, dioceses under the Syro-Malabar Church have been following different modes of holy mass offering. While a section of priests offers mass facing the people, another does so facing the altar. In certain other dioceses, the church follows a mix of both.

As per the uniform mode, priests and bishops under Syro-Malabar Church in all dioceses have to perform the ritual facing the altar throughout the service.

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