Asian Christians continue to fight power abuses – UCA News

This week we start with India where a controversial land deal that rocked its Eastern-rite Syro-Malabar Church four years ago has resurfaced. A group of priests who are members of the college of consultors and finance body in Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese in Kerala have called a restitution decree of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Eastern Churches unjust and unethical. They have also decided to appeal against the decree to Singatura Apostolica, the supreme judicial authority of the Catholic Church. The Vatican decree, which was leaked to media last Sunday, seeks to recover the archdiocese’s losses by selling two plots of land. The demand for restitution began in November 2019 after a group of priests publicly accused Cardinal George Alencherry, the major archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church of a shoddy land deal. Cardinal Alencherry allegedly bypassed canonical bodies to sell off several plots of church land, incurring a loss of some 10 million US dollars. Following an investigation, the Vatican removed the cardinal from all administrative duties in the archdiocese two years ago. More than 385 priests in the archdiocese also signed a petition to the Vatican rejecting the land sell-off proposal.

Asian Christians continue to fight power abuses – UCA News

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