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Mor Theophilose Kuriakose
Oriental Orthodox - Catholic International Joint Commission meetings
Damascus: The fifth theological dialogue meeting of the
International Joint Commission of Oriental Orthodox and Catholic
Churches started at the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus,
Syria. The Churches, which was separated in the 5th Century, formed
this dialogue commission in 2003.
The meeting discussed about the Churchs' missionary and theological
work requirement and is formulating a common declaration. However,
the difference of opinion on several aspects, like Papal Primacy
etc. will require more in-depth discussions.
In the opening speech, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch H.H. Ignatius
Zakka I emphasised the importance of joint meetings of Oriental
Orthodox and Catholic Churches, which are very close in faith
matters, to improve and expand its bilateral relations, due to the
increased relegious terrorism, secularism etc. seen today.
The representatives from Catholic Church, Syrian Orthodox Church,
Coptic Orthodox Church, Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Armenian
Orthodox Church took part in this year's meeting. The Indian
Orthodox Church were not attending the meeting, due to the recent
developments in Kerala. Two of their metropolitans were said to be
ordained a German person, who is under the jurisdiction of Syrian
Orthodox Patriarch, as a Bishop, and it was strongly condemned by
all OO and Catholic Church heads. The Joint Commission's Co-Chairman
and Ponthifical Council President Cardinal Walter Casper informed
that the Catholic Church issued instruction to its European Church
centres, not to receive the said Bishop in any of its dioceses or
The Armenian Church head H.H. Aram I will arrive in Malankara to
meet and discuss with the warring factions, in order to arrive at a
peaceful solution, Patriarch H. H. Ignatius Zakka I said.
The Jacobite Church from Malankara was represented in the meeting by
H.G. Dr. Kuriakose Mor Theophilos and the Catholic Church in India
was represented by Rev. Fr. Dr. Mathew Vellanikkal.
SOCM News Bureau.