Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath has issued a letter saying that deacons can be ordained as priests only if they submit written undertakings promising to obey the synodal decisions.
“The incident, which is hitherto unheard of in the state, is unfortunate. It is suspected that it is a deliberate attempt to destroy the secular character of Kerala.
This marks the first time the Catholic Church has openly criticised the solidarity programme organised by Muslim organisations and political parties.
Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath, in his capacity as CBCI president, invited the Pope to visit India.
Fr Kuriakose Mattam of the Syro-Malabar church received his primary membership of the BJP and within hours, the Idukki diocese initiated action against him.
Fr Jose Vailikodath, PRO of the Athiroopatha Samrakshana Samithi, said that the actions of Archbishop Mar Cyril Vasil were a direct challenge to the court.
In a hard-hitting letter addressing priests in the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archeparchy, Pontifical Delegate Vasil directed them to practice the Synod-approved Holy Mass celebration from August 20.
The note stated that John Paul II had publicly apologised for the Catholic Church’s sin of aiding and abetting Hitler’s Nazi terror through silence and inaction.
The bishop had urged the state government to ensure the implementation of permanent measures to address the dangerous situation at Muthalapozhi.
'If it is Manipur today, it will be Kerala tomorrow,' says Catholic Bishop on violence in northeastern state
The ruling CPI(M) and the Congress party have been attacking the Union government over its alleged failure to control the violence since it erupted in Manipur several weeks ago.
Even as the editorial criticised the central government for not taking effective, efficient action to curb the riots, it praised Rahul Gandhi for visiting the state.