IDUKKI: An interfaith marriage solemnised by Kerala’s Syro Malabar Church between a Catholic woman and a Muslim man has been declared “invalid” by a three-member inquiry commission on grounds of “serious lapses” by two senior priests, both of whom could now be censured. Archbishop Mar George Alencherry ordered a probe after a section raised questions about the clergy “encouraging” mixed marriages.
The Catholic bride from Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district had married her Kochi-based groom on November 9.
A senior priest from the Syro Malabar Church told TOI, “The commission collected details from the priests and bishops of Irinjalakkuda and Ernakulam-Angamaly archdiocese and submitted a report to the major archbishop. It stated that the marriage did not follow Canon law and was hence invalid.”
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