Catholic cemetery under police protection in Thrissur

The cemetery attached with the Infant Jesus Church at nearby Thalore, was provided police protection after a dispute over its ownership between the Thrissur Catholic Archdiocese and the infant monastery of CMI congregation.

Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 15:22 PM IST

Thrissur: The cemetery attached with the
Infant Jesus Church at nearby Thalore, was provided police
protection after a dispute over its ownership between the
Thrissur Catholic Archdiocese and the infant monastery of the
Carmolite of Mary Immaculate (CMI) congregation.

Dispute came out in the open on Sunday when the vicar
appointed by the archdiocese, along with a big crowd,
attempted to put up a board in the cemetery claiming its
ownership. Priests of the CMI congregation objected to it.

Earlier, priests belonging to the archdiocese had
closed the entrance towards the cemetery from the premises of
the monastery which was in use for over 35 years, prior of the
Devamatha Provincial House (CMI) Fr Pius told said.

Police had removed the gate on Sunday night and directed
both the parties not to disturb peace over the issue.

According to Fr Pius, the Infant Jesus parish Church and
its cemetery belonged to the Infant Monastery at Thalore and
were being run smoothly till Oct 31, 2009 when the archdiocese
separated the parish Church from the monastery. The move was
strongly opposed by the Monastery and the parishioners.

The archdiocese took over the Church and the cemetery on
condition that a new church would be constructed for the
monastery within a period of five years, Pius added.

He said that the title of the land situated the Church,
monastery and the cemetery was in the name of the prior of the
Infant Monastery and the Archdiocese had no documentary
evidence to claim the property.

Fr Pius said the monastery had objected to Church
collecting money for constructing tombs to place bodies. The
district collector had agreed to hold a conciliation talk
between the two groups on the matter, he said.

PTI