IndiaChurch dispute: Orthodox Church rejects Justice KT Thomas Commission recommendation

Church dispute: Orthodox Church rejects Justice KT Thomas Commission recommendation


Highlight:

  • The Orthodox Church says the recommendation cannot be accepted
  • The Malankara Sabha Supreme President said that the legislation violating the Supreme Court judgment is not valid
  • It is ruled by a government eager to enforce a court order

Kottayam: The Orthodox Church has rejected the recommendation of the Justice KT Thomas Commission in the Orthodox Jacobite Church dispute. The Orthodox Church has rejected a recommendation by the commission to hold a referendum on disputed churches.

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The Orthodox Church says the recommendation cannot be accepted. Malankara Sabha Supreme President Baselios Marthoma Mathews III Catholica Bava said that the legislation violating the Supreme Court judgment is not valid. He also said that the government is eager to implement the court order.

He said the court had not asked for a consensus and that the court had made it clear that peace was needed. The government has not announced that it will go for legislation. He also said that there is no change in the previous position that law is the way of law.

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He told the media that the Orthodox Church would be denied justice if it continued to compromise in the name of tolerance.

Meanwhile, the Jacobite faction welcomed the recommendation of the Law Reform Commission, chaired by Justice KT Thomas. The recommendation was that the churches should be handed over to the section that gets the majority in the will test and the minority should be shifted to other churches. Only adults can participate in the poll.

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Justice KT Thomas, chairman of the commission, said the recommendation was made because there was no lasting peace after the Supreme Court ruling. It is reported that if the Commission’s recommendation becomes law, the Supreme Court order based on the 1934 Constitution will become irrelevant.

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