“Traditionally, each Church was independent and their administration was handled by elders in the Church. Priests were only spiritual mentors. But this was changed later,” said Joseph Pulikkunnel, director of the Indian Institute of Christian Studies. “The Pope of Rome is now the supreme steward and administrator of the Church. India is an independent State. How can the Pope declare that property of Indian churches is under his control?” says Mr. Pulikkunnel.
Laity protests against Catholic clergy’s control over property - The Hindu