Dear & Respected Members of this Forum,
Please ! I am not trying to argue for the sake of an argument. My favorite church forum, SOCMNet, has published the subjected Apostolic Bull for their own reasons and it is their choice and freedom. I also saw one copied from Facebook and pasted with a news in an online news paper posted by an individual in support of his own perception and the purpose was not at all scholarly. If a stationery store used pages of the Holy Bible for packing their commodities, we all will equally get offended. If one believes that the holy father is the true successor of Apostle St.Peter, the Apostolic Bull signed by the holy father is as sacred as a letter from the Apostle and I do not think that the children of the Holy Church will tolerate its desecration. There are numerous public documents in this world and comparison of the Apostolic Bull to such things are unfortunate. I do not remember seeing any such sacred items published lavishly by other christian denominations. Rather than dispersing all over public must be allowed to view the Apostolic Bulls from the files upon request with permission of bishop/priest but restriction should be imposed on copying or using them for non-ecclesiastical purposes and this is my stand. Again, I request all to consider my words as cordial and brotherly.
Chev.Babu Jacob Nadayil
Public Relations Officer,
Malankara Archdiocese of the S.O.C. in N.America
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, "dhinuus" wrote:
> I have to agree with the moderators. All communications addressed to the faithful should be made available and accessible to everyone.
> If we dont want Apostolic Bulls from the Patriarch to be published because someone might print it and put it in the dust bin; then we should not make the Holy Bible available online either ? The words of the Holy Bible are on any day at a much higher level than any kalpana from any Metropolitan or Patriarch.
> Let us keep in mind; almost all the books in the New Testament except the Gospels, Acts and Revelations are Apostolic Letter (Bulls) or Kalpanas from St. Paul , St. Peter etc addressed sometimes to a particular individual Titus, Timothy, Philemon etc or to a particular church; Church at Corinth, Church at Ephesus etc.
> Transparency in church administration is very important. One of the key to transparency is making documents available for the public.
> Mathew George