All the 456 priests of the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly have written to Pope Francis saying they want to continue to offer Mass facing people, a practice that the Syro-Malabar eparchy has followed for the past 50 years.
The memorandum was sent to the prefect of the Oriental Congregation in Rome and the apostolic nuncio in in India on August 10, as the Syro-Mala-bar Synod prepared to discuss Pope Francis’ letter on the controversial issue of liturgy. The memorandum was also signed by some priests of reli-gious congregations working in the Syro-Malabar archdiocese, a priest, who did not want to be named, told.
The August 16-24 virtual synod is expected to decide the date to implement the uniform mode of celebrating Mass.
Pope Francis’s letter dated July 3 and made public three days later exhorts the clergy, religious and lay faithful to promptly implement the uniform mode for the greater good and unity of the Church.
The letter also said that Vatican regards implementing the code as an important step towards increasing stability and ecclesial communion in the Syro-Malabar Church.
The letter asked the bishops to persevere and confirm their ecclesial “walking together” with God’s people, trusting that “time is greater than space” and that “unity prevails over conflict.”