Dear Brother Sam Abraham,
This refers to your posting in Digest Number 717.
If you really go deep into the Malankara Church History,
you will find that the original split occured on account
of control over the church properties, by the then
Catholicos & Malankara Metropolitan and the Atmaya
Trustees (whom were elected to handle the cash and other
properties of our Church). Later it turned out to be
something else. Still it is haunting us, even after a
century or so. Then it was only for Vattippanam
(3000 varahans - gold soverigns), and now it has come
down to every individual churches of Malankara. The
current leadership of IOC claim that the ownership of
every parish churches lies with them, not with the
parishners. This is a best example how the spiritual
heads of an ancient church got corrupted with money
and power. The recent hue and cry by the Parumala
Parishoners is just an example of a later wild fire
waiting for the current IOC leaders to face. Hope it
will be an eye opener of the IOC leadership. If the
Parumala Parishioners (other numerous other Parishes,
spread all over India - it is compulsory for IOC
Parishes to send a stipulated amount every month to
their metropolitan) are courageous enough and obstruct
to the misuse of the public money, I think the source
of money to go to the SC and other for numerous cases
will be dried for ever.
We now need a Solomon like Emporer to have a clear
verdict. Remember the story of the two widows and the
child. The IOC leadership is trying to create a situation
like the widow, whose child was dead because of her
carelessness, and wanted to get killed the other living
child also. One by one, numerous churches are being
closed because of the unwarranted and unwanted entry of
some IOC Bishops. Will we allow them to continue this.
The wise king Solomon could smell the intention of that
widow. The need of the hour is that we should have a King
like Great Solomon.
No one in Malankara dare to contest regarding St. Thomas,
the Apostle of our Nation, and we are proud that the seed
of Christianity sown by St. Thomas is still alive generation
after generation. But the corrupt leaders and their advisors
are making the life of innocent people more and more difficult
by inculcating mistrust among people, and a great devide
between us was created, and now it has turned into a deep
wound of non-curable nature. Now we feel that amputation is
the only and known alternative to cure this desease.
I would like to suggest you to read the Malankara Saba
Charitram written by one David Corepiscopa, Chandanappally
(if it is accessible to you). Interestingly this David
Corepiscopa belong to IOC). I read it in my childhood, but
I do not have a copy of it, otherwise i would have made
arrangements to get you a copy.
If any of my posting hurt you or any IOC members, it was not
intentional, but to just put light on the hidden TRUTH. The
truth behind the split is really drifted away from its
originality, and now lakhs of Syrian Orthodox faithfuls were
hijacked towards another faith, which was alien to us. And
that pain of mine turned into exhortions against those
responsible for it.
Be a good Orthodox faithful, as your great great grand parents.
Do not allow others to hijack you. I will remember you in my
Your's in His service,