It is time to restore human dignity and family values in a civil society


Food for Thought

The “Kottayam Archdiocese” which is under the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church of Kerala, India is given a special identity “Knanaya” based on racial purity and the practice of endogamy. “Kottayam Archdiocese” only gives membership to those that are of Knanaya blood line.

This diocese discriminates against and expels those who marry spouses from another Catholic Church. Such discrimination is practiced not only on the social level but also at the Church level in Kottayam, Kerala, India and now this practice has been imported to UK, USA, Australia, Canada, and other parts of Middle East. This diocese refuses to conduct a marriage between a Knanaya and a non-Knanayain their native parishes, refuses to baptize and register their children in their native parishes. This church also refuses to bury the deadwith their kith and kin. Such practices amount to racial discrimination and destroy their human dignity and family value in a civil society. While Rome had established a separate diocese of Kottayam for the Knanaya people in Kerala in 1911 in Kerala, India, it was not aware of its discriminatory practices when this diocese was established.

We have been trying to reform this practice in the United States since 1979 with the guidance of Rome. Rome gave several Prots asking the Bishops and priests not to import such unchristian practice to the United States but they have not obeyed Rome. We have many supporting documents to show this violation.