Witnessing various falsehoods written in both the forums by misguided
people I felt it logical enough to reproduce the true version of the
Church History written by none other than the most Rev Malankara
Malpan Dr Kanyamparambil Achen.
I humbly implore this forum to kindly reproduce the article as it is,
so that the faithful could have a clear view about the happenings in
this church for the past 100 years. This article starts from page 173
of the book. However only select but important portions (relevant in
this context) have been written along with my very small observations
in the spare time I could afford because of my busy schedule.
I do not know if this book is available anymore but I sincerely
exhort every faithful to try to get at least a copy of it.
THE SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN INDIA AND ITS APOSTOLIC FAITH
The Devalokam leaders, aware of the consequences that would follow
the excommunication of Mor Augen Catholicos and the consecration of
Mor Baselios Paulose II , Catholicos of the East by the same
Patriarch found it necessary that their energetic Catholicos elect
Mar Athanasius Mathews be consecrated immediately in the place of the
92 year old, simple, Mor Augen Catholicos. But how? When he is alive?
The conspirators found out a strategy the aged Catholicos would- as
if by his own will first resign the Malankara Metranship, and then
the dignity of the Catholicos and thus the first step was taken.
Mor Augen Catholicos through a Kalpana proclaimed that he was
resigning the Malankara Metranship, owing to "old age"!! It is
interesting to note that his predecessor Mor Baselios Geevarghese II-
more advanced in years- had his administration up to his expiry!!!
To be brief, Mor Augen Catholicos had to sign the document, resigning
his Malankara Metranship on 24th September 1975 and authorizing his
assistant and Catholicos Designate, Mor Athanasius Mathews in his
place. It is really deplorable, we must say, that in an Orthodox
Church with a tradition of remaining as administrator until death, a
Catholicos `had' to resign his Malankara Metranship `owing to old
age' and that too brought about by the clever and evil machinations
of his own followers, who were really responsible for his
excommunication. His spiritual authority was nullified by the
Patriarch and the temporal taken away by his own followers!
Note: We normally see many IOC members boasting about traditions in the
forum. There is a saying in the bible " First remove the log in one's
eyes before trying to remove the speck in others' eyes".
God has and will not forgive the cruelty the metran kakshis did to
Mor Augen. We will see in the history book how cruel Mathews I had
. he received a taste of his own medicine during his
final years. Wonder what will be the fate of the present Mathews II?
Recent outbursts from the Metran Kakshi Bishops clearly put in the
true light about their ambitions to the Throne in Devalokam. Well
Mathews II was one among those ill-fated leadership who had sown the
seed of discontent and lies in the Malankara Church. To what extent
has those seeds sprouted remains to be seen.