Mor Nicholovose wrote to Ms/Lincy Thomas:
" I am always willing to anybody with some sense of reason negotiate and
settle all matters regarding the finance and other matters. Nobody is
interested in settling anything but generating rumors and I feel you
also are a victim of the rumors"
Here is a humble HG who is looking for "any body with some sense of
reason " to negotiate with him. A Very touching and affable
statement.. Brilliant !!!!!
But the issue is:
(1) What are we supposed to negotiate with him
(2) How can any body with some self-respect sit down with an HG who is
refusing to recognize/acknowledge the Encyclical from the very H.H who
(3) According to this HG (on staten Island case) he has heard there is
a church called "Jacobite church" but has no knowledge of it.
.....and HG is looking for anybody with sense of reason to negotiate with him.
Now Some Facts:
I was a council member of the last council of Mor Nichcholovos when he
was the Arch Bishop of Malankara Syrian Orthodox church in North
America. In December 2001 with out notifying the council or any of the
church bodies in North America HG Nicholovose, flew to India and
declared The Malankara Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America
under the Holy See of Antioch is switching their allegiance to the holy
see of the Catholicose of Devalokam because of the supreme court
verdict of 1995. This baffled all the Jacobites in US. ( HG is looking
for anybody with sense of reason to negotiate) In response to this
action, HH suspended HG, dissolved all administrative bodies of HG, and
appointed an Adhoc Executive committee to handle the situation in North
American Diocese. I was a member of that Executive committee.
(Archbishop Theethose & current Archdiocesan Secretary V.Rev.Eapen
Ezhamalil were also members)
I personally called the then diocesan Secretary and Trustee of the
suspended Nicholovos council of which I was also a member. Secretary
Achen (Very Rev.Fr Puthoorkudilil) was very cooperative, but the trustee
Mr. Mathew Kuriakose of White plains church refused to cooperate. He
refused to accept the Kalpana from HH Patriarch. I called him and talked
with him 3 times about the church accounts. He said he would submit it
when there is a proper authority. As of today, Mathew Kuriakose has not
handed over the accounts to the Malankara Syrian Orthodox church.
(Mathew is a relative of Moovattupuzha Athanatious) He is still in
denial and refuse to acknowledge that Mor Nicholovose is not an
Archbishop. (HG Nicholovose is looking for anybody with sense of reason
to negotiate for $60000)
In the Meantime, The executive committee had a responsibility to
fulfill to the greater cause of the Malankara Syrian Orthodox
Christians. We decided to continue our work (with personal sacrifices)
whether Mr. Mathew Kuriakose hands over the Syrian Orthodox church
accounts or not. We received interim leadership from Mor Julius
Kuriakose and by January Mor Ivanios Mathews of Kandanadu was appointed
as Archbishop of North American Archdiocese. By February, we were able
to convene a delegate meeting of all churches in North America with Mor
Ivanious as President and a new Council was elected. Mor Ivanios called
Mathew Kuriakose and asked him to submit the accounts. He told Mor
Ivanios to come to his house and negotiate with Mor Nicholovos for
settling the account ( HG Nicholovose is looking for anybody with sense
of reason to negotiate for $60000).
Mor Ivanious had to make a choice. Should HIS EMINENCE COMPROMISE on
the Christian Principle and stoop down in front of Mathew Kuriakose &
Mor Nicholovos FOR MATERIALISTIC GAINS or forgo the accounts or file a
His Eminence chose not to stoop down. It was a painful decision. In
discussing this issue with Mor Ivanious (I belong to St.George Carteret,
New Jersey), He told me "James, I chose to become a Bishop fully knowing
my life and the path will not be an easy one as a Jacobite Bishop. I may
not become very popular but I am not going to compromise on values and
the trust endowed in me as a Methrachan". ( and HG Nicholovose is
looking for anybody with sense of reason to negotiate).
While Mor Nicholovose and his co-conspirators are still occupying the
Aramana and the 6 apartments bought with the money of the Jacobites,
Mor Ivanious lived and the current Arch Bishop Mor Titus Theethose is
living in a small bedroom that can accommodate only a Twin bed in the
Parsonage attached to St.George church Carteret New Jersey. On certain
days, 3 priests and visiting senior metropolitan from Malankara had to
sleep on the floor. H.B the Catholicose was content to sleep on a
folding bed. (and HG Nicholovose is looking for anybody with sense of
reason to negotiate).
The Aramana Trusty Mr. Jacob Kurikose & Secretary Rev.Fr.Paulose Peter
is maintaining the property belongs to a trust headed by Nicholovose.
The truth is Mor Nicholovose became the President of the Trust as the
Archbishop of Malankara Syrian Orthodox Syrian Church under the
Patriarch of Antioch and all the East. Mor Nicholovose is not an Arch
Bishop now. (Is HG Nicholovose is looking for somebody with sense of
reason to negotiate it ?).
I hope St.George, Carteret, NJ preserve this room and its furniture as a
testimony to future generations on the conditions in which some of our
To conclude having an HG or Dr or HH in front of a name does not make
one Honorable. Negotiations are fruitful when they are done with men of
honor, integrity, or values.
To put bluntly for the pain and suffering caused by the breach of trust
by the methran quatro's defected to IOC, the place for them should be
behind bars not Altars. AT LEAST LET IOC & SOC NOT HONOR THEM WITH A
SEAT AT NEGOTIATING TABLES UNTIL THEY SHOW SOME REMORSE FOR THE PAIN AND
SUFFERING AND SHAME THEY INFLICTED UPON NOT ONLY JACOBITES AND ORTHODOX
CHRISTIANS BUT ON ALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY HAILING FROM KERALA.
I believe the century old Orthodox Church organizations relentless
court pursuit has a profound impact in the deterioration of civil and
political institutions of Kerala. By promoting switching of faith over
night with out any impunity IOC is encouraging Anarchy in the state of
Jacobite Church will survive and flourish whether some HG's are with
them or not, irrespective of losing some Aramana's and properties. Soon
Mor Theethose will have his own Aramana also.
In the mean time some of us will have to work little harder to stop the
M/s Lincy you did the right thing .more people should demand better from their leaders.
James K. John
St.George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
Carteret, New Jersey