Dear Thomas P,
The ordination of Marthoma 1 was not done by 12
priests as you have claimed. marthoma 1 was ordained
by Mor Ahatalla Bava at His prison in Mylapore.
The Alangad assembly called immediately after the
coonan cross oath accepted this ordination and decided
the future cource of action. It was at this assembly
that a representation was sent again to the Patriarch
to send immediately a "reesh episcopa" for malankara.
(the representation was taken to middle east by some
arab traders who had come to ponnani)
The ordination of Marthoma 1 was put under cloud by
the portugese. they started claiming that Ahatalla
Bava had never come to india, was not executed and so
the ordination of Marthoma 1 had not happened and
hence Marthoma 1 was only a "pretender".
(we have some parellels in later history when people
without proper "kaivapu" call others who have it as
Only because of the wide publicity given by the
portugese on the authenticity of the ordination of
Marthoma 1,the strong arm techniques of portugese, and
the fact that there was no proper leadership that
there was a split again in the "jacobites" and almost
half of the people who had accepted the coonan cross
oath went back to Catholic Church.
(The Syrian reeth (RC SC) was thus formed)
There is no truth in your statement that marthoma 1
was "forced" to get ordained again. The fact was there
was doubts in the community regarding the ordination
and hence Marthoma 1 himself got ordained in public
Its good to hear that there are other "orthodox
churches" who conduct perunal of a Patriarch who is
"foreign", "syrian national" etc, etc
But Why did their forefathers start those perunals in
the first place??? Wasnt it because of the "relation"
they had with the See of Antioch???