Kerala bishop opposes bill to govern church property
The Latin rite archbishop of Kerala, in a letter dated April 15 has urged the Government not to interfere in the administration of church properties.
Archbishop M. Soosa Pakiam, president of Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC), wrote to the secretary of the Kerala State Minority Commission to assert the fundamental right of Christians to manage and administer church property.
The prelate was responding to an email letter the secretary sent to KCBC seeking its response to the Kerala Christian Church Properties and Institutions Trust Bill 2009. Bishop Pakiam said he has consulted all dioceses, religious congregations and lay organization.
Quoting article 26 of