Re: Is ICON a Forum for Anti-Orthodox Propaganda?
- Dear Yesudasan, It is much more serious if a person in the Church, an
active member (e.g. involved in Sunday School teaching), start
promoting something against the traditions. When I read Prince
Thankachan, I realized that he is currently not member of Jacobite or
Orthodox Church. We read many such external messages in various media.
Perhaps it entered ICON by mistake, since moderators are handling
hundreds of messages. One such message from a non-Orthodox member
appearing in ICON is not an issue for me. We can understand it as
coming from non-Orthodox member and treat it that way.
I also thought whether we should exclude people, following an old
style, or follow the difficult path of entering in to constructive
discussion with them. Ultimately these people are human beings coming
from Jacobite/Orthodox or MarThoma background. I thought why can't our
bishops and other spiritual leaders enter in to constructive dialog
with such people and try to find the gaps. Perhaps they can be useful
for the Church if they are willing to do work for the Church. We say
it is a serious crime for someone to write from a Mar Thoma
(Protestant) perspective, yet people our community send their
daughters in marriage to the Mar Thoma Church. Are we allowing them
to be condemned? How can we accept this contradiction?
When we consider various aspects, we realize that it is a world of
contradictions. Not related to this discussion, but another
contradiction is the Jacobite-Orthodox issue. It is based on some
false constructs which people are forced to believe as True faith and
hence fighting for 'Vishwasa Samrakshanam' through cultivating
unchristian nature in ordinary people. The reason I wrote is that
there can be only one Orthodox faith. This is the reason why Malankara
Church and SOC are in the same communion of Oriental Orthodox
Churches. Both sides need to accept this reality and bring unity in
the Malankara Church as soon as possible.
Thomas, SJ CA