People's Agitation Against Bishop Kuruvilla


On 27 April 2011, the CSI North Kerala Laity Fellowship organized a protest march and a sit-in. While the march was from the old diocesan office to the new one located in the CSI Retreat Centre compound, Shoranur, the sit-in was in front of the old diocesan office. The march and the sit-in, which was attended by representatives from various congregations in the diocese, expressed their utmost anguish and disgust at the way in which Bishop K. P. Kuruvilla and a few of his loyalists had brought ruin to the life and character of the diocese in the past few years, and called for his resignation.

It is almost a year from now since the laity fellowship has been raising very crucial allegations against the bishop. These allegations included the unauthorized sale and leasing out of church properties, the vindictive and arbitrary exercise of his pastoral authority, the undermining of democratic traditions and the constitution of the CSI, the callous disregard for the rights and feelings of the congregations, the scams in the appointments to educational institutions, and finally, his behavior and demeanor, which is unbecoming of a good shepherd.

Despite repeated efforts, the bishop did not take any initiative to resolve any of these issues and bring about reconciliation and peace within the church. It is in the light of this impasse that the laity fellowship called for the resignation of the Bishop. They made it very clear that they will continue the agitation until diocesan elections are held and the bishop submits his resignation.

Interestingly, the bishop fled the diocesan office while the demonstrators came agitating. A bishop who does not have the courage to face his people and listen to their grievances does not deserve to continue in this august office. It is amply clear that he has much to hide and that he does not have the courage to face them and answer their questions regarding the many scams in which he is involved. The courage befitting of a Christian is gift of the Holy Spirit and it comes from the deep conviction of one’s moral rightness and justification before God. Even his egotistic personality will not allow him that freedom which can come only from consciences that are utterly mastered by God’s will.

Many of those who attended this demonstration were senior people with distinguished service within and outside the church. They travelled from distant places and different parts of the diocese. They had been sweating it out in the scorching heat. They were forced to take on a mode of agitation that people of their stature are not used to because of their deep love for the church and their deep urge to do something before the values and traditions that they cherished would be shredded to pieces by a bishop who does not care for anything except his self aggrandizement.

It is also with much dismay that we observe the dilemma of the Synod officers with such an adamant and incorrigible bishop. Twice they had changed the officiating administration; first, they changed the committee by dropping two upright persons and then inducting three who would be subservient to the bishop, then a second time they changed it by inducting two synod officers also into the administration. The first change did not work as they were unable to deal with a bishop whose character and conduct is bizarre and unpredictable. With the induction of the two synod officers, Mr. M. M. Philip (General Secretary) and Bennet Abraham (Treasurer), into the officiating administration, let us hope that we will have an administration and they will take steps to constitute a new Diocesan Council and a new Executive Committee.

Earlier, the laity fellowship had called for an indefinite sit-in and hunger strike. But this was called off on the assurance received from the synod about the induction of the Synod Officers to the officiating committee and the specific steps that would be taken to constitute the new Diocesan Council and Executive Committee. While this will be an uphill task for them, we hope and pray that their initiatives will work.

We are still confronted with the fact of suffering a bishop, who, by all standards of Christian character and morality fall far short of the office he holds and who has forfeited his moral right to continue as a bishop of a diocese. Once one is deprived of all moral compunction and sensitivity, he or she could stoop to any level and cling on to his or her position and power. We can console ourselves over the fact we are not alone in this and that there are half a dozen crooks of this type among the bishops of the CSI in various dioceses and they are all facing similar protests. Equally, Bishop Kuruvilla also can take cover over the fact that he has a company to keep. But, our choices are limited and it has to be a Christian way and that of the cross and it will remain one that is narrow and windy.

6 comments:

surjith james said...

Can I believe the assurance of synod authorities?

Simon from mannuthy said...

No room for further agitations like jadha,meeting or dharna.It is too late.Youth brigade of churches must handle this bishop with weapons.He has become an headache to our children.Everywhere this is the subject.Christian believers could not travel in trains.I have never seen such a wretched person in my life.

Raju Joseph,D.Dubai. said...

We are church members working in Arabian sands under the burning sunlight.The committee members of diocese are misusing our hard earned money for unproductive needs.We are requesting our friends and coworkers to stop donating money to churches.

csipass puthiyara said...

PLEASE HELP HIM
MR.HEROLD HAMARSHEL,46 YEARS OLD,KELOTH HOUSE, THIRUTHIYAD,PUTHIYARA(PO),CALICUT-673004.MOBILE NUMBER-09747406690. BLOOD GROUP IS A - POSITIVE. HE IS SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE. BOTH OF THE KIDNEYS ARE NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. HE HAS TO GO FOR DIALYSIS ONCE IN THREE DAYS.
HE IS A LAST GRADE SERVANT WORKING WITH KSEB. WIFE IS UNEMPLOYED.HE IS BLESSED WITH TWO DAUGHTERS, AGED 14 yrs AND 11 yrs.
HE DESERVES FINANCIAL HELP. WE HUMBLY REQUEST ALL THE WELL WISHERS TO KINDLY PRAY FOR HIM AND HELP HIM BY DONATING SMALL AMOUNTS, DIRECTLY TO HIS SBI ACCOUNT. ALSO NEED A PERSON FOR DONATING KIDNEY.

HIS BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER IS 31052318079 (STATE BANK OF INDIA,CALICUT).
IFSC NUMBER(for NRI s)- SBIN0000861.

HE IS A PASTORATE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF CSI CATHEDRAL CHURCH,CALICUT.

PLEASE DO THE NEEDFUL.
WITH REGARDS,

T.J.JOHN(GENERAL SECRETARY).
CSI NORTH KERALA LAITY FELLOWSHIP (CSINKLF).KOCHI.

Anonymous said...

Bishop K. P. Kuruvilla stands just for money. He does not have any vision with regard to the Church and it's ministry.He has been an element of destruction along with his group Nari Edappally, Chakkunni,brocker Ronie.Let God Almighty help us to stand firm against the wicked bishop k.p.kuruvilla. He is a kind of Person we see in King Ahab of the Old Testament.
Cephas.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, our famous bishoop has opened a new dimension we can see him hanging on road side shops. he is a famous man we all are proud of you.
NKD members are proud of you thiruuu meeennnii.

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