- Mass Unification of the Syro-Malabar Church.
- Pushing and shoving at Aluva Church.
- The epistle was burned in front of the church.
Kochi: While reading the intercession letter of Cardinal Mar George Alencherry regarding the unification of the Qurbana of the Syro Malabar Church, there will be a push in the Aluva church. The clash took place at the Aluva Prasannapuram Church under the Angamaly Archdiocese.
While reading the epistle, a group of believers interrupted the altar. ഇടതടഞേഖനം വഎതിർപനടപടിയതി എതിർപഎതിർപയിൽ എതിർപഎതിർപപുയാഗവുയടെം എതഎതിർപറയiാഗവും പപുററെറെ വിഭഎതയതോടെയടെളിൽ. Protesters burned the letter in front of the church, stating that they would not be allowed to read Alencherry’s letter.
As the protests continued, a section of the clergy in the archdiocese in support of the synod’s decision and the cardinal read circulars in churches. The epistle will also be read in other archdioceses under the Church. There are indications that a section of priests in the diocese of Iringalakuda will not read the circular. The dissident faction of the Angamaly Archdiocese of Ernakulam has stated that the letter cannot be read in the context of the official complaint regarding the unification of the Qurbana.
The priests of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly had written a letter to the Pope expressing their opposition to the proposal to unify the practices of the Eucharist. The letter to the pope was signed by 466 priests of the archdiocese. A memorandum has been sent to the Prefect of the Eastern Church of India and the Apostolic Nuncio. The clergy are of the opinion that trying to impose a unification system will affect the unity of the church.
The Syro-Malabar Church celebrates the Qurbana in different ways in different places. Parts of the Qurbana are recited facing the believers and facing the altar. However, the Vatican has instructed that the first part of the Mass be conducted by the people and the main part by the altar. A section of the clergy has come out against this order given by the Pope. Mass is being celebrated in six archdioceses, including the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly.
The epistle states that the final decision on the unification of the Eucharist must be made by the Pope, and that the Synod has no authority to change this. This led to opposition from a section of the clergy.
The first part of the synod will be conducted in the renewed manner of the Eucharist, and the main part will be facing the altar. The synod has directed to start the renewed process from November 28. But a section of the clergy in the Angamaly Archdiocese of Ernakulam wants the Mass to continue full time.
A section of the clergy of the Angamaly Archdiocese of Ernakulam is arguing that the decision taken by the Synod cannot be accepted. They also make it clear that they have the support of a section of believers. Vatican Ambassador to India Archbishop Leo Paul do Jirali has called for the implementation of Pope Francis’ directive to unify the practices of the Eucharist. However, the clergy wrote a letter to the pope asking him to allow the practice to continue for 50 years.
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