Directing the district admin to hand over the key of the church to the orthodox faction, the court held that the priest of the faction should be accepted by all who offer prayers at the church.
The Kerala High Court on Wednesday granted two more weeks to the state government to file an affidavit explaining the details of chapels under the St Mary’s Church, Piravom.
When the petition came up for hearing, Orthodox faction’s counsel S Sreekumar submitted the Holy Mass was celebrated on Sunday under police protection.
The two factions have to somehow find a solution or chalk out a compromise formula on their own, the government said.
The High Court had said the parishioners and those who accepted the 1934 Malankara Church constitution can attend Holy Mass in St Mary’s church.
A day after the government took control of Piravom Valiyapally (St Mary’s Syrian Cathedral), the town wore a deserted look on Friday.
Besides, the High Court had directed the police to ensure maintenance of law and order on the church premises.
It is learnt he will hand over the church keys to the Kerala High Court on Friday.
Heartbroken when the hallowed portals of the sacred church were defiled by police boots, a collective wail of despair went up from the crowd of faithful.
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People’s representatives who took part in the discussions complained about the bad condition of roads.