Pope appoints apostolic administrator for Syro-Malabar major archdiocese

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While Cardinal George Alencherry still retains the title of major archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly, Pope Francis named an apostolic administrator to run the Indian archdiocese.

The Pope appointed 71-year-old Bishop Jacob Manathodath of Palghat to be the apostolic administrator “sede plena,” or effective head, of the archdiocese, said a Vatican press release on June 22.

“It shows a grave situation of ethical violations and the inability of the synod to effectively settle the issue,” he told ucanews.com.

In 2011, Alencherry, now 75, was selected by the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church’s decision-making Synod and confirmed by the Pope to be major archbishop and head of the Eastern Church. Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the College of Cardinals in 2012.

Ucanews.com reported a letter from Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Eastern Churches, said, “There remains the grave and worrying” situation of division between priests, auxiliary bishops and Cardinal George Alencherry.

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