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
As per previous understanding all the Metropolitans including the
delegate Mor Julios and the Catholicos with his Metropolitans entered
the sanctuary of the Kottayam Seminary Church and after due prayers
exchanged letters Mor Julios handed over the Patriarch's Kalpana to
the Catholicos and the latter his letter. This was on 18th December
As the proverb goes "Sand was in the first mouthful"!!.
1. The Catholicos' letter was an unsigned document!!!!
Fortunately the discrepancy came to light then and there, and it was
got signed by the Catholicos in his car!!.
2. Whereas the Holy Father accepted the Catholicos
unconditionally, the latter had inserted the words `subject to the
This union had varied comments from different angles. The
erstwhile Catholicos party jubilated over it as their greatest
victory and the complete surrender of the Patriarch. Yet others bowed
their heads in despair with a renunciation of `come what may'.
The Holy Father was acutely disappointed when the actual record
reached Him, finding that His Holiness was accepted not
unconditionally as He had done, but only subject to their
Note: this would be a serious legal error on the Patriarch's faction
in the future and would cost us dearly. Pity why we didn't then heed
the advice of farsighted seers in our factions against this move.