>---Thomas P wrote in SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, on Tue, 24 Jun 2003
in digest No. 605
>Dear Gleeson, The canons adopted in the Synod of Diamper is available.
>What does it say about Antioch? Since we know that the Synod was about
>bringing Malankara under the rule of Vatican, the Portuguese bishop
>would include some thing about pre-portuguese relationship with Antioch.
Sadly there is a tendency by some to establish that the Malankara Church
prior to the Portuguese arrival was Nestorian. To establish their view
point they are depending solely on the decisions of the Synod of Diamper
convened by a RC bishop.
But the fact remains that even based on the Synod of Diamper one cannot
prove that the Malankara Syrian Church followed Nestorian faith from its
beginning. Actually there are many hints in the decisions of that Synod
to prove that Jacobite faith existed in Malankara before the advent of
Portuguese. Decrees 14, 16, 20 etc of 3rd session, 8th decree of 5th
Session etc. proves that Jacobite practices existed in Malankara. If
Jacobite faith came to Malankara only with the arrival of St.Gregorios
Bava of Paravur in 1665, as claimed by some modern historians, then how
these practices which were different from that of Nestorinism was mentioned
in the Synod of Diamper of 1599.
It would be better if those interested could spend some time in reading
E M Philips or Kanaimparambil Achens Church Histories for further
clarification on the subject. There is also another scholarly work named
Were Syrian Christians Nestorians ?, written by Fr.P T Geevarghese
(later Metropolitan Mor Ivanios), who later become the master mind in the
creation of a separate Church and a catholicate in 1912. It was a thesis
submitted by him and is widely acknowledged as a genuine work. Here he has
categorically proved that the Church before 1490 was Jacobite. It is a fact
that only after 1490, Nestorian faith penetrated into Malankara. The author
has dealt in detail on each and every claim of some persons that the Malankara
Syrian church was Nestorian from its inception. I recommend everyone to read
this scholarly work of Mar Ivanios of Bethany. The Malayalam translation of
the book was last published from Udayagiri Semimnary about a decade before,
the copies are available in some book stalls. In 2002 the English copy was
republished by Very.Rev. Kurikose Corepiscopa Moolayil. This book is definetly
an answer to those who doubt about the Jacobite faith of Malankara Syrian
Church prior to 1490.