Church expresses concern in Kerala
Last Updated : 21 Apr 2009 12:08:33 PM IST
THRISSUR: Mushrooming of independent Catholic sects has become a major concern for the Church of late for they have the potential to pose as a threat to the authority and stability of the Church in future.The growing concern of the Church has resulted in the reading out of a pastoral letter, jointly addressed by KCBC president Rev Daniel Acharuparambil, Major Archbishop of Syromalabar Church Mar Varky Vithayathil and Catholicos of Malankara Church Baselios Mar Clemis, in all the churches under Thrissur Archdiocese at the Holy Mass on Sunday.The letter pointed out that after 1965, the charismatic movement had been very much helpful for the revitalisation of the organisation of the Church. This has given rise to charismatic retreat centres, bible conventions and prayer groups contributing significantly to the spiritual progress of the Church and the faithful.However, the movement had also led to formation of independent Catholic sects which discard the tradition and directions of the Church. KCBC viewed these sects dangerous as they misinterpreted the Bible in their own way to mislead the faithful.The letter also pointed out that ‘Emperor Emmanuel Trust’ at Muriyad in Irinjalakuda diocese, ‘Amma’ in Mala, ‘Upper Room’ in Kanjirappilly, ‘Corner Stone’, ‘Spirit in Jesus’ and ‘Atmabhishekam’ in Ernakulam are some such groups functioning without the permission and consent of the Church.While cautioning the faithful against these groups, the pastoral letter exhorted them not to attend the retreats and prayer meetings organised by these groups without the permission of the Church. The letter asked vicars of parish churches to make earnest efforts to bring back those who had joined in such groups owing to persuasion.The vicars were also asked to remain in close contact with the families of the faithful in the parish.Talking to Express, Senior vicargeneral of Thrissur Archdiocese, Fr Raphael Thattil said that the Archdiocese viewed this with serious concern and necessary steps to control prayer, preaching and counselling groups were underway.He said that around 300 persons from the Archdiocese had been authorised to undertake preaching, counselling and intercessory prayer and issued identity cards.He said that these cardholders would be given regular training to ensure that they did not deviate from the path prescribed by the Church.
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