5-member committee of Bishops constituted to study land deal

The Synod of Kerala-based Syro-Malabar Church constituted a five-member committee of Bishops to study the controversial land deal in Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese, in which the Church allegedly suffered huge financial loss.

The committee, headed by Archbishop Mathew Moolakkattu, will study the issue and find a solution to the problem, a Church spokesman said.

Bishops Jacob Manathodath, Thomas Chakyat, George Madathikandathil and Antony Kariyil are the committee members.

The committee has been authorised to hold necessary discussions and find a solution, the spokesman said.

He said the Synod held ‘serious discussions’ on the issue of land deals in the Archdiocese.

The Synod’s move came after some priests and faithful accused Syro-Malabar Church head Cardinal George Alencherry, who is also the Archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese, of selling the prime land of the archdiocese in Kochi for ‘a very low price’.

They had alleged role of land mafia in the sale of land in a ‘non-transparent manner’ violating even civil and canon laws.

(Agencies)

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