Government keeps door open for more mediation in Orthodox-Jacobite dispute.
An attempt by the State government to mediate between the Orthodox and Jacobite factions of the Malankara Church to end their protracted and often aggressive feud over the administration of 1,000-odd parishes in Kerala seemed to make little headway on Monday.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had invited the groups separately to cobble together a peace formula acceptable to both sides.
A 2017 Supreme Court order gave the Orthodox faction the major stake in the administration of a majority of Malankara churches.
The purportedly more numerous Jacobite faction had since “resisted” the Orthodox bid to “take over” Malankara churches on the strength of the court order, resulting in law order issues in several parishes and deepening the rift between the groups.
The dispute often extended to the emotive…