What’s on Your mind? Asks face book
Cover story on cardinal
Alancherry land deal loss
dr. james kottoor
What follows is what I happened to write on Face Book on December 30th night after seeing the night TV edition of the “cover story” on Saturdays.
What is on your mind? Asks face book. It is 10 pm Saturday and I just finished seeing the Cover story on TV at 9.30 pm. It was all about Cardinal Alancherry and all the uproar by around 300 Ernakulam priests who met on Dec. 21 against land deal which allegedly caused crores of loss and their plan to write to Pope before 31st to remove the cardinal from the post, according to reports in Times of India, but not in any Malayalam dailies.
The commentator said in substance. Jesus promised to build his church on Peter the rock his representative, but the church in Kerala builds it on a firmer ROCK, money-power, than on Jesus. This alone is the cause of the great downfall from the height of moral principles they preach. Those up in arms promised to send a letter to Pope before Dec.31st to remove the Cardinal. Much more details are in Times of India, for the last three days.
“News 10 TV is all about this land deal and Pope,” rings up some one from Chennai. So it seems the whole of concerned Christians are watching it and learning about it even when the Church authorities reportedly forbad priests not to discuss it in public, to keep the scandal as secrete as possible. Alas, when are they going to learn that the forbidden fruit is the most sought after thing, even from the Garden of Eden?
Chasing Money power and empire building through religious colonization? Is it not what my friend Alancherry did when he went in a procession sporting a garland of Rupee Notes, which the CCV published long ago. Is it not what CCV has been writing regularly to persuade, Church men not to worship the golden calf of Money Power?
There is no transparency or dialogue even between the three bishops in Ernakulam. That is what Times of India report says, quoting Bishop Edayanthrath that even he did not know about the secrete Land deal. Oh Tempora oh mores! In what times are we living? Corruption of the best turns out to be the worst! Or are we to day: “Father forgive him for he knew not what he was doing.” I am of the view that he did it out of crass ignorance! Culpable or not, you judge, I can’t!
These are some of the many facts that forced me to write that the Cardinal should imitate Pope Benedict and go. Now that there is an uproar for it, it may wiser that he resigns on his own rather than forced to do it.
Of course I am unable to believe that he is that money crazy or power crazy. Bad advice from trusted friends must have forced him to do the wrong, thinking it was right. I feel terribly sorry for him, for what is happening in Ernakulam in the Syromalabar Church. Unfortunately he happens to be also the Supreme head of the Syromalabar Church!
Is he going to present his Church as a Big Zero before the whole world? God forbid, let not that happen, I pray, although I am not aligned to any Church for that matter, fear of betraying JESUS! It is my belief that none of the organized churches can bear witness to Jesus, since they all end up like Pharisee praying in the temple. Hence my commitment to be the last in the line of the CATLE CLASS of Jesus.
Jesus had promised, that didn’t come to bring peace but war, the sword that cuts to hurt and divide. It looks the second part of his promise is being fulfilled, from Pope Francis in Rome to Cardinal Alancherry in Ernakulam. Your role and mine is not to stand and watch as mute spectators but join the side of TRUTH which alone can lead us to light and peace through the New Year! Delanda est Carthago! (Carthage must be destroyed) Truth is mighty and is sure to win.
Let TRUTH grow into a mighty Mango tree and produce delicious mangoes called by various names. Only we have to make sure that we cultivate TRUTH that sweeten hearts, not embitters minds!
Times of India(TOI) Headlines
TOI of Dec.27, 28, and 29 reports on the Ernakulam Church’s land mismanagement. TOI 27 headlines reads: “ Church land row: Cardinal abstains from Xmas mass. Dec.28: “Priests seek cardinal’s removal for land deal, to write to Pope,” and “Council of priests restricts functioning of Vicar General.”
TOI 29: “Land deal a moral crisis for Church”, and “Bishop sees a moral root to Crisis.” Quoting Bishop Sebastian Adayanthrath’s letter to priests, TOI writes: The land deal “has landed the Archdiocese not just in financial crisis, but in a serious ethical crisis as well… the auxiliary bishops were unaware of the purchase of land in Kothamangalam and Idukki…. the debt has now increased to RS. 84 crore.”
On Dec.21st there was an extraordinary meeting of Ernakulam priests and according to TOI report over 300 priests attended. This is the first time that Christmas celebrations in the Cathedral was conducted by the parish priest and not the cardinal, who for the purpose of news was reported sick. What happened in Ernakulam is a howling example of what happens when top Church officials adamantly say NO to both Transparency and Dialogue in the Church which they call “FAMILY” for display or advertising purpose only.