Kerala

Orthodox priests can hold Mass on Sundays: HC

A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Tuesday ordered that the vicars and priests of the Orthodox faction can celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Piravom, on all Sundays.

The Bench headed by Justice A.M. Shaffique also made it clear that all the church parishioners should be permitted to enter the church and its chapels and participate in the religious service, provided they do not create any law and order problem.

The court also directed the Ernakulam District Collector, who has taken control of the church and chapels following a High Court directive, to file a report about the chapels under the church and regarding the manner in which they were managed and the persons who controlled them.

The court had last week permitted the vicars and priests of the Orthodox faction to hold a Mass last Sunday.

When the case was taken up for hearing, counsel for the petitioners submitted that a Mass was held last Sunday under police protection. Though a funeral ceremony was also conducted, the Orthodox vicars and priest were not permitted to take the body to the church for conducting services. It was also pointed out that there were several chapels in and around the Church and the Jacobite faction leaders controlled them. The petitioners sought a directive to permit them to conduct daily mass at the church.

State attorney K.V. Shohan submitted that the police could not be deployed for providing protection on a daily basis. The Bench posted the petition for hearing on October 9.

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