Friday, May 15, 2009


Prot. No. 673/2007
The growth and vitality of a community of faithful is preserved and strengthened by the creation of the appropriate juridical and hierarchical structures which could then better take care of the overall developments of the community. In many cases, dividing a bigger entity into smaller units would ensure better growth and faster development. The eparchy of Mananthavady which was erected by His Holiness Paul VI of happy memory on 1 March 1973 by bifurcating the present Archeparchy of Tellicherry, has over the past 34 years made great progress in all aspects of pastoral care of the faithful entrusted to its care and evangelization of the people in the area set apart for it. Ably guided and nurtured through much of its period of growth by its first bishop Mar Jacob Thoomkuzhy and later by the late Mar Emmanuel Pothanamuzhy, CMI, who built upon the foundations laid down by his predecessor and by the present bishop Mar Jose Porunnedom, who continued the efforts of his forerunners, the eparchy of Mananthavady, spread over a territory of 48250 Sq. Kilometers in the three Federal States of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, has achieved remarkable progress in all areas of apostolate. However, because of the great distance from the eparchial headquarters, the geographical, linguistic and cultural differences and the differences in the nature of the apostolates undertaken, a bifurcation of the eparchy of Mananthavady was felt to be a genuine necessity and an urgent need to ensure further growth and development of the various regions that constitute the territory of the eparchy of Mananthavady.
With this in view, successive Synods discussed the proposal of the Local Ordinaries of the Eparchy and the XIV Synod (2006), Session 1, gave its approval for the proposal of the division of the eparchy of Mananthavady and the erection of a new eparchy by name Bhadravathi. The Holy See, through its letter dated 25 January 2007, Prot. No. 24/98, gave its assent to the above proposal.

Therefore, after due consultation in various fora and after having obtained the consent of the Synod and the Assent of the Holy See, thus Diocese of Bhadravathi, Directory-2009 Diocese of Bhadravathi, Directory-2009 36 having fulfilled everything required in law, I, Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, by virtue of the authority vested in me and in accordance with CCEO c. 85 § 1, hereby erect a new eparchy Bhadravathi, by carving out from the territory of the eparchy of Mananthavady, the territory of the civil district of Shimoga in the State of Karnataka, with its boundaries co-terminus with the boundaries of the
same civil district. It is also decreed that the See of the new eparchy and the residence of its bishop shall be in the town of Bhadravathi. By the same decree St. Antony’s Parish Church, Iduvally is raised to the status of the Pro-Cathedral of the new eparchy until a new Cathedral is built in Bhadravathi. Moreover, both the new eparchy and its bishop shall be subject as suffragans to the Metropolitian See of Tellicherry and its Metropolitan. The administration of the eparchy and the rights and privileges of the priests and faithful in the eparchy and the like are to be governed by the provisions of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches and the Particular Law of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church.

This decree is given in perpetuity for the faithful adherence and loyal observance of everyone concerned with the matter dealt with in this decree.

Given at Kakkanad from the Major Archiepiscopal Curia of the Syro-Malabar Church at Mount St. Thomas on 21st day of the month of August of the year Two Thousand and Seven.

+Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church

Fr. Antony Kollannur
Chancellor, Major Archiepiscopal Curia

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