Dear Sam Abraham,
Your suggestion to divide the disputed properties
seems to be a very practical solution in the present
context. At the same time you have expressed your
apprehension over the division in the Church. Thats
good. But I also have certain objections to some of
the remarks made by you, particularly "The whole
problem I believe is for power. The Antioch
wanted to have power over the Indian Church.
But it did not happen and I believe that's why
Actually these types of remarks, though in different
tones, are made by both the factions. No one can blame
any of them as this is what they came to believe from
their birth. Or, to be frank, they are injected like
these by their seniors. It is the lack of confidence
between both the factions which leads to such
statements. Anyhow since these opinions are old one,
lets leave it behind and think about the present
happenings in the Malankara Church.
Hope you are aware of the Manarcad Church issue that
happened about a year ago. Who were the culprits then?
In this Manarcad Church as all knows, there are only
the Jacobite Syrian Christians. Even the most extremist
Malankara Orthodox member may not have a second opinion.
When this is the fact, then what was the need for a
Church supremo like Catholicose Mathews II Bava to
declare that he is going to enter the church? For
that H.H. even went to the extend requesting for police
protection. A case was given in High Court. Hope you
remember that all these tension were created on the eve
of "Ettunoimbu Perunnal". All these days the disappointed
Jacobite Christians were praying and praying. But the
other section avoided seeing it.
It was not only the Jacobites who were against this forced
entry, but the entire Kerala people. But still Catholica
Baselius Mathews II bava proceeded. By the sake of
Manarcad Amma nothing happened then. But the related
case continues (in Supreme Court) even after the High Court
dismissed the plea of Catholicose Mathews II bava and other
bishops under him. Between last September and January
(till HC judgment), many other parallel petitions were
submitted in court by Mathews II Bava requesting for
police protection in at least seven major churches of
the Jacobite Syrians. Lakhs of rupees have been given to
advocates by Malankara Orthodox faction to get police
protection. An equivalent amount was spend by the Jacobite
Syrian Christians inorder to defend their rights.
The most astonishing part of all these was, when the
Catholicose submitted an urgent petition in HC in 2002
December, seeking police protection to enter the above said
Jacobite Churches during CHRISTMAS week itself. Bavas
statement was that he wants to preach peace in these Jacobite
Churches, particularly in that Christmas week itself.
Catholicose Mathews II bava being a spiritual person full of
prayers and peace could have avoided such a situation. These
are only mere facts that are still pending before our own eyes.
So let me conclude this letter by repeating the comment made
by you: "THE WHOLE PROBLEM I BELIEVE IS FOR POWER."
This is the fact.
Love and prayers