Syro Malabar church land deal; Bishop Alencherry plays down corruption allegation, calls discrepancy technical error

A group of diocese priests said that the church had incurred huge losses by selling the land owned by it for cheaper prices. Ironically, the sale of the land was to get over the debt the church had incurred after buying land at Mattur in Ernakulam to build a medical college under its ownership.

Syro Malabar church land deal; Bishop Alencherry plays down corruption allegation, calls discrepancy technical error

Kerala's Syro Malabar Church Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alenchery said there was only a technical error in the land scam that landed the Syrian Catholic Church in a major controversy. The bishop informed this to the synod, a council of Church constituted to hold meetings on various issues. The synod reportedly asked its members to abstain from controversial statements on land scam. Meanwhile, reports say, a group of priests under Ankamali Archdiocese have warned that they would write to the Pope about the irregularities in the buying and selling of land by the church. The group also sent a letter to Vatican on behalf of V J Hyacinth, chairman of Mother Teresa Global Foundation. A group of diocese priests said that the church had incurred huge losses by selling the land owned by it for cheaper prices. Ironically, the sale of the land was to get over the debt the church had incurred after buying land at Mattur in Ernakulam to build a medical college under its ownership. A member of the Save Archdiocese Forum, a forum in which most of diocese priests are members, said that by selling the land at a cheaper price than the market value, the church had also caused a loss to the government as the income that would go to the exchequer as tax from the deal would also be less.