Isn't it Time to Quit?

When the present Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. K. P. Kuruvilla, won the first balloting to the bishopric with a thumping majority, a group of young clergy went into extreme jubilation of dancing and shouting as people would do on such occasions as a football match. None imagined that their jubilation would be short lived. While the mandate was to elect a panel of more than three candidates, a worldly strategy had its day and as planned earlier, a group of people cast only a single vote and that too for Rev. K. P. Kuruvilla and thus undermining the more important Christian and constitutional mandate.

The wheeling and dealing that went behind the bishopric election, which some of those in the present dispensation know more than anybody else, itself was so unchristian that it would not be a surprise that now a diocese and its congregations and people suffer under such a megalomaniacal leadership that acts without any rhyme or reason. In spite of what happened at the time of election, many people, even his detractors, believed that he was the best choice and went along with his dispensation without a word of murmur. He had wasted a lot of good will; he turned his friends into enemies; he was so enticed by the sycophancy of those around him that he failed to see through the subterfuges of those who pretended to be his friends; he became a part of the evil designs of a small coterie whose aim was nothing but making some quick bucks. 

Contrary to all expectations and prayers of those who put their trust in him, the bishop proved himself to be a menace to the diocese. After five years of nepotism, misrule, corruption, high-handedness, and authoritarian rule, what is left behind is a church that is broken, divided, and spiritually bankrupt, a clergy that is demoralised and bereft of pastoral leadership and guidance, and institutions that have been thoroughly mismanaged. Irreparable damage has already been done.

It is this extreme disaffection that routed him and his cronies during the diocesan council elections and put in place office bearers, EC and other committees and boards that will not bend to his dictates and wishes. It is surprising that Bishop Kuruvilla did not learn any lessons from these reversals and he continues to be dictatorial, pathologically irrational, adamant and obstinate. This surprises both his supporters and detractors alike. We understand that the diocesan administration has come almost to a standstill. Continuing in office without any effort at mending and thawing the relationships can only bring further damage to the diocese and pain to the people who love the church dearly. It is this irrational behaviour, recalcitrance and obstinacy to any correction from the Synod, EC and other elected bodies that lend us to suspect his mental sanity.

No longer can the bishop run the church as he wishes without taking the elected constitutional bodies with him. No longer can he indulge in financial matters and swindle money. No longer can he expect any warm welcome from any congregation in the diocese. The secondary school teachers who got appointment by paying hefty sums to the bishop and his cronies are not going to let him off the hook that easily. Much more of spilling the beans of shady dealings that would embarrass the bishop can be expected in the near future. Anybody who thinks rationally and in touch with reality would resign and go or else look for a more face saving and noble exit. It is sad to see the bishop relentlessly pursuing the ghost of his own ego, whimpering and whining and licking his own wounds. While he may find some sadistic pleasure in inflicting pain on the officers who are caught between the devil and the deep sea, eventually it will only further demean and discredit the bishop.

In the best interest of the diocese and honour of the high office of bishopric, what we can pray for is only an intervention of the Synod to relieve the suffering of both the diocese and the bishop in such a way that the tensions and conflict would not further escalate to mar the Christian witness of the church. For the bishop, it would only befit his sacred office that he should look for a noble exit that would help the diocese to remember him with some love in their hearts.

This is a time when we meditate on the cross. On the cross we find both power and love combined. For Jesus, power was only an instrument for the realization of love; in other words, what we find on the cross is the power of love. A Christian can never exercise power without love. While love without power remains a sentiment, power without love is oppressive and demonic. In any sense, exercise of authority without love is not befitting any one in Christian leadership.

It is our prayer that, knowing how much the Son of man suffered and bled to mend our broken relationships, a solution to this impasse be worked out so that Christian witness is still preserved and the diocese can go on unhindered in its pursuit of ministering to its people and a suffering community around.


johnson,karamana said...

Nothing to comment sir.Bishop kuruvila is something different character.Nobody can correct him.

philip said...

Commenting about Bishop Kuruvillai is a National waste.

Anonymous said...

Search for Bishop K P Kuruvilla on google you can find the real character of our B.. B shoop. We are cutting each day for that great Passover.Pray that he come to sense. You dont expect much from kodukulanji.

Anonymous said...

Search for Bishop K P Kuruvilla on google you can find the real character of our B.. B shoop. We are cutting each day for that great Passover.Pray that he come to sense. You dont expect much from kodukulanji.

Anonymous said...

I suppose the church has to be representative of all sorts of people. In the case of your dear Bishop clearly the thieves, insane, and otherwise mediocre people in your diocese clearly has a role model after whom they can model themselves. KP gives hope to the petty thief out there that one day he, too, can become a bishop!

Michael said...

NO surprise here. The entire denomination of Anglicanism and it's legion of national "churches" are created by the schism of King Henry VIII and his vile ideas. An entire denomination founded on schism, which now finds doctrinal heresy everywhere, corruption is merely a small effect of a far greater cause.

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