"Once ordained as priest, he will remain so throughout his life," said M O John, priest trustee of the Orthodox Church.
Church sources said that the message has been passed on to the now-on-the-lam priests "with a strong directive" that they should not be wearing the cloak while surrendering.
P C Elias, public relations officer of the church said the priests have been suspended from performing church duties.
KOTTAYAM: The Orthodox Church is learnt to have advised four priests, facing probe in a case of alleged blackmail and sexual abuse of a homemaker, to surrender before an appropriate legal authority at the earliest.
He added that the church would act if the priests were found to be guilty under the law of the land.
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