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Kerala High Court Order is implemented at a parish Church


Kothamamgalam (India): At Kothamamgalam Marthoman Cheria Pally, a parish Church of Ankamali Diocese of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Rev. Fr. Thomas Paul Ramban (photo) of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church officiated in his father's burial ceremony on 8-11-08. This was after a high court order given on 7-11-08 allowing so.

The dissident Antiochian Jacobite Syrian Christian fraction objected in allowing the burial to take place in a peaceful atmosphere. There were discussions with the police authorities between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the dissident Antiochian Jacobite Syrian Christian fraction. The dissident Jacobite faction attempted to prove that the high court order to be practically invalid. However, the police executed the high court order in allowing the burial to take place in Kothamangalam Cheriapally.

There were some members of the dissident Jacobite faction present inside the church with a bishop and a priest hoping to hold a last minute retreat to hinder the burial. Despite their deliberate attempts the mortal remains Remban's father was brought into the church for proper burial services in the midst of police officials.

It is important to remember that the Church case of Kothamangalam Cheriapally was decided in favour of the Orthodox Church, in 1995 judgment of the Supreme Court and its Execution Petition is pending in High Court. While it was taken for trial, father of Rev. Fr. Thomas Paul Ramban died and an I.A. (interim application) was filed for allowing the burial to done by priest of the orthodox Church, and it was allowed.

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