JANUARY 1, 2013/JANUARY 31/FEBRUARY 8, 2013
Allahabad bishop Isidore Fernandes “consecrates and installs” Protestant bishop
Consecration & Installation Ceremony of Bishop Yeshu Darbar Most Rev. Prof. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal
The ‘Yeshu Darbar’ had a small beginning as Gospel and Plough. A group of six people used to gather for prayer in 1994 at the home of Prof. R.B. Lal. It was a period of turbulence in the life of the then Allahabad Agricultural Institute. In 1996 the group to be fifty and used to meet every Saturday at 5:00 pm at Chapel of Brotherly Love and Prayer for healing was offered by him. In 2001 the Sunday Prayer was witnessed by four five hundred people in the Chapel. People began to come in large number to hear the word of God and be healed. Hence the venue shifted. In April 2001 former Chancellor of SHIATS (Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Science & Technology) University anointed Rev. Fr. Prof. Rajendra B. Lal in recognizing his divine calling. The General House Meeting of the Yeshu Darbar held on 18th July 2012 under the chairmanship of the Chancellor Rev. Dr. J.A. Oliver of SHIATS, decided unanimously publicly to Proclaim, Consecrate and Install Rev. Fr. Prof. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal as ‘the First Bishop of Yeshu Darbar’ on Sunday the 4th November 2012.
Most Rev. Isidore Fernandes of Roman Catholic Church of Allahabad being assisted by the Bishops of United Evangelist Lutheran Church of India, Evangelical Church of India, Methodist Church of India, Primate of Anglican Church of India and Clergies of Yeshu Darbar, ‘Consecrated and Installed’.
The Procession of Consecration and Installation service started from Rein Basera which included cross bearer Mr. Johnathan Lal and Flag bearer Dr. Ranjan A. John. Rev. Dr. J.A. Oliver Chancellor, SHIATS started the programme with invocation. He welcomed all the Bishops/Overseers, clergies, and guests from different parts of country. Rt. Rev. (Dr.) Jagdhari Masih led the Congregation in Responsive reading followed by opening prayer Most Rev Isidore Fernandes, Bishop Roman Catholic Church, Diocese of Allahabad.
Rt. Rev. Phillip S. Masih, Bishop Methodist Church of India Lucknow conference, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Pancho Bishop MP Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chindwara, Dr. Charles Dias Church Historian and Member of Parliament, Rev. Fr. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal, Rt. Rev (Dr.) R. D. Vijay Kumar Bishop Arcot Lutheran Church, Cuddalore and Rev. Vashu Lal Mike Masand, New York participated in Reading the passages from the Bible.
Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar (Priest) Judah Hyam Synagogue sang Psalm in Hebrew Language. Most Rev. Dr. Joseph Marthoma, Metropolitan of Marthoma Church gave the special message on this occasion. Most Rev. Dr. Isidore Fernandes, Roman Catholic Bishop, Diocese of Allahabad, Most Rev. (Dr.) M. Ezra Sargunam, Bishop of Evangelical Church of India, Chennai, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Panchoo, Bishop, Madhya Pradesh Evangelical Lutheran Church, Chindwara, Rt. Rev. Dr. R. D. Vijaykumar, Bishop, Arcot Lutheran Church Cuddalore, Most Rev. Prof. (Dr.) Busi Suneel Bhanu, Moderator, Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, Guntur, Rev. Prof. (Dr.) P. B. Arnold, President & Chairman, Governing Council of Mennonite Brethren Church of India, Mahabubnagar (A. P.) consecrated and installed Rev. Fr. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal as the First & Presiding Bishop of Yeshu Darbar. These Bishops, Presented Sacred and Episcopal Elements such as Bible, Stole and Cope, Mitre, Pastoral Staff, Ring and Cross to Bishop R. B. Lal.
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Later these Bishops gave right hand to fellowship to Bishop Lal. Rev. Prof. Dr. Sarvjeet Herbert, General Secretary, Yeshu Darbar Trust read the instrument of consecration. Bishop Mandal from Methodist Church of India Delhi Prayed for Bishop Lal. Bro. P. C. Verghese prayed for the family members (Dr. Mrs. Sudha Lal (Wife), Mrs. Halina Lal, (Mother), Jonathan (Son), Abhilasha Daughter In law Joyce & Joel, grand children, Prof. (Dr.) S. B. Lal , Mr. Vinod B. Lal, and Sisters). Choir sang the Church Hymns and Songs written by Bishop Lal. Service was conducted by Rev. Dr. Samuel Richmond, Associate Chaplain, SHIATS. Rev. Dr. Rajan Dass, Auxiliary Secretary of Bible Society of India, Allahabad presented Pulpit Bible to the newly Installed Bishop. At the end newly consecrated & installed Bishop R. B. Lal gave challenging message to the community and prayed for them.
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Dec 3, 2012: Yeshu Darbar Nov 4 2012 Consecration & Installation Ceremony of Bishop Yeshu Darbar Most. Rev. Fr. Prof. (Dr.) Rajendra B. Lal [Bishop Isidore Fernandes can be clearly observed]:
View the “healing and deliverance ministry” of Protestant Bishop Prof. Dr. Rajendra B. Lal who
Bishop Isidore Fernandes
consecrated and installed:
17 DAYS LATER, BISHOP ISIDORE IS REWARDED WITH A PH.D. BY THE PROTESTANT BISHOP:
Proud moments at Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences convocation
November 21, 2012, ALLAHABAD: Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture, Technology & Sciences, Formerly Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Deemed-to-be-University on Wednesday organised its 8th Convocation. Prof Brady J Deaton, Chancellor & CEO, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA was the chief guest while SHIATS Chancellor Dr J A Oliver presided over the function. Programme commenced with reading from scriptures and prayer following which Dr Oliver declared the opening of the convocation proceedings. Registrar Prof (Dr) AKA Lawrence welcomed the chief guest. […]
Prof Lal gave away the degrees to students while chief guest distributed medals to merit holders… During the function, Prof Lal distributed degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in social science to Prof Brady J Deaton, Most Rev Joseph Marthoma, Most Rev Isidore Fernandes, Major Jaswant Kumar Michael, Ghulam Ahmad Bhatt and Marri Shasidhar Reddy. Prof Lal also gave degree of doctorate in science to Prof Katesh V Katti and degree of Doctorate of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) in Theology to Bro P C Varghese.
To the best of my knowledge, this story was not reported in any leading Catholic magazine or internet media.
I understand from a reliable source that
1. Bishop Isidore Fernandes is involved in real estate dealings with Bishop Lal
2. Rome has instituted an inquiry into the matter of the “consecration and installation”.
However, I trust that other Catholic media will pick up this story and bring it to the attention of the Apostolic Nuncio to India as well as to the Holy See in case they are as yet unaware of it.
UPDATE, JANUARY 31, 2013:
70 DAYS LATER, BISHOP ISIDORE FERNANDES, AGED ONLY 66,
IS REMOVED BY ROME!
HE WAS ASKED TO PUT IN HIS RESIGNATION. WHO SAYS THAT ROME IS ALWAYS SLOW TO ACT?
Vatican City, 31 January 2013– Today, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Ignatius Menezes as apostolic administrator “sede vacante et ad nutum Sanctae Sedis” of the diocese of Allahabad (area 46,774, population 32,199,000, Catholics 13,263, priests 90, religious 370), India. Bishop Menezes, emeritus of Ajmer, India, succeeds Bishop Isidore Fernandes, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Allahabad the Holy Father accepted, in accordance with canon 401 para 2* of the Code of Canon Law. – Vatican Information Service (VIS)
*401§2 A diocesan
Bishop who, because of illness or some other grave
reason, has become unsuited for the fulfilment of his office, is earnestly
requested to offer his resignation from office. Source: http://www.intratext.com/IXT/ENG0017/_P1D.HTM
UPDATE FEBRUARY 7, 2013
I understood why for Rome this apparently innocuous issue is in reality a most serious one.
A Catholic bishop may lay hands on a lay man and ordain him a priest only through the validity of the Apostolic Succession that is traced back to Jesus Christ and the apostles. It is possible for him to do that only by the authority vested in the successors of Peter. It is under the same authority that Bishops consecrate and install their fellow bishops. Bishop Isidore Fernandes’ acts were a gross violation of that authority.
Vatican Accepts Bishop Isidore Fernandes Resignation
Are we Catholics being given selective news by catholic newspapers? Not a single newspaper which claims to be Catholic has published an article which shows how a sitting Catholic bishop of Allahabad consecrates a bishop who was not catholic. What could be the reason for this blackout? Anyway the said Bishop’s resignation has now been accepted.
The person who has been instrumental in making this news public is Mr. Michael Prabhu from Chennai who is one of the few Catholics who has the guts to call a spade a spade. We pray for Michael and his ministry.
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Great Job Mr. Prabhu for informing us laity about such important happenings. Unfortunately, UCAN, Examiner and all other so called Catholic newsletters are busy publishing articles about lighting diyas and ordaining women as priests, Laitytude is the only sincere blog to carry articles that are necessary for our Faith today.
I also hope that our Mumbai bishops are aware that it could be their turn next. –Croydon D’Souza
Should Vatican invoke Can 401 #2 in Mumbai too for the grave reasons exposed by the AOCC? –William K
Why will they wish to say and announce? The idea is to sweep the issue under the carpet. The Holy Father has done the right thing. I only pray that the Holy Father will initiate a closer and deeper look into the administration of the Catholic Church in India, where there are alleged claims of financial and property irregularities. Its shameful of course, yet is it not better to clean all the dirty linen and start afresh? May be the Indian press needs to bring this to light as our Catholic news magazines will never allow the truth to be known to the laity. –Gordon Jacobs
It is not the case of gloating but when someone speaks up and stands for the Truth be it exposing the truth, they should be appreciated. Hence, Thank You Mr. Michael Prabhu. Thanks is also due to the Vatican for initiating an inquiry & acting truthfully on the findings of the same
Any Institute/organisation always declares new postings or resignations especially of people of importance, it would only be right to announce this development too.
At a time when the Vatican and Church at large is receiving flak for ignoring issues, this will only prove that the Vatican is acting and will also serve as a deterrent/warning to the laity and religious because of whose actions the Church and Catholicism is getting a bad name.
Has the pro nuncio woken up from his sleep? How come action? How come the issue was not swept under the carpet? -Pietro
BISHOP ISIDORE FERNANDES RESIGNS
By Kenneth John, Hindustan Times (Lucknow) February 2, 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org
ALLAHABAD: Bishop of Allahabad diocese, Rt. Rev Isidore Fernandes, has tendered his resignation from his post. As per reports, Bishop Fernandes’ resignation for non-specified reasons has been accepted by Pope Benedict XVI in Vatican City in accordance with Canon Law 401 and 402 on January 31.
As per information made available on official website of Catholics Bishops’ Conference of India, Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Bishop Ignatius Menezes, bishop emeritus of Ajmer, as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Allahabad on January 31.
Senior officials of Allahabad diocese said on condition of anonymity that after the resignation was accepted by the Pope on Thursday afternoon, archbishop of Agra diocese, Most Rev Albert D’Souza, arrived in Allahabad on Thursday night to hand over charge to Bishop Ignatius Menezes. On Friday, D’Souza handed over charge to Menezes. Canon Law 401 and 402 states that due to a serious medical impairment or some other grave reason a bishop can offer to resign. –Francis Lobo
Everything has its own time. At the right time the acceptance of Bp. Isidore Fernandes’ resignation has come. It shows that punishment is inevitable. –Fr Antony Rodrigues
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 10:56 AM Subject: Bishop of Allahabad
Congratulations for your intelligence work in uncovering the consecration of a Protestant bishop by a Catholic bishop.
The presiding bishop in the video of the consecration is an old man with a beard but the Diocese of Allahabad website shows a clean-shaven bishop. Is the latter the newly appointed apostolic administrator?
Which protestant sect does bishop Rajendra Lal belong to?
UPDATE, FEBRUARY 8
WERE ALLAHABAD DIOCESAN PRIESTS IN COHORTS WITH BISHOP ISIDORE FERNANDES?
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2013 11:21 AM Subject: “Ecumenism” in action
Congratulations for your stupendous investigative work.
At the site you have indicated, i.e., http://www.shiats.edu.in/cons/cons_cerm.htm, the last group photograph shows two priests in white cassocks, one on the left and one on the right, who are wearing golden stoles identical to the one worn by Bishop Isidore Fernandes*.
If the stoles came from the same source, i.e., the Cathedral or Bishop’s House, Allahabad, could it be that the two priests are diocesan priests and that Bishop Isidore has not been single-handed in this “ecumenical” plot?
This may be the reason why Rome was quick in naming an apostolic administrator and that too a seasoned bishop, Bishop Ignatius Menezes, who only retired on November 3, 2012 from Ajmer. He was born on January 3, 1936 and took over as apostolic administrator of Allahabad from Bishop Fernandes on January 31, 2013 at the ripe old age of 77. These dates show on the online directory www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bmenezes.html.
*The referred photograph is copied below
But there appears to be more than two cassock-clad golden-stoled priests at the ceremony as this shows: