- There are a number of very worthy Priests in our Church who truly deserved elevation as Bishops. However the list got narrowed down to few because of age andMessage 1 of 4 , Aug 1, 2008View SourceThere are a number of very worthy Priests in our Church who truly
deserved elevation as Bishops. However the list got narrowed down to
few because of age and health restrictions. Screening Committee, in its
role, respecting the basic Orthodox beliefs and practices should
have been more understanding and tolerant to accommodate and reflect
the true desire and positive aspirations of all sections of the
faithful in the Church's democratic process.
It is time the various committee's appointed by the Church be
broadbased with Bishops, Priests and men of faith and eminence from the
ultra orthodox thinking group as well as from those
think 'contemporarily as well as with vision'. It is noticeable that
many decisions by various Committees in the recent past on various
issues have gone against the desired will of the Holy Synod and HH The
Catholicose even.The same members seem to over and again monopolise
and exercise control over these committees.
Let our wise fathers in the Holy Synod 'collectively' respect the
concern of the faithful and lead us out into a path of respect with
mutual generosity and understanding.
Let us truly hope and pray that a spirit of understanding and
accommodation that will lead to gentle compromise on issues of
conflict or confrontation prevail by submitting ourselves humbly to
the sway and guidance of the Blessed Holy Spirit.
Dr.Vinu Thomas, Dubai
- Every year thousands of people ty to climb to the top of Mount Everest, the heighest mountain in the world. Most of them do not reach that height, and many dieMessage 2 of 4 , Aug 1, 2008View SourceEvery year thousands of people ty to climb to the top of Mount Everest, the heighest mountain in the world. Most of them do not reach that height, and many die in their attempt. Those who reach there will experience severe cold weather and snow storm and they want to get out as quickly as possible.
The throne of Catholicose is like Mount Everest. Numerous priests of our church want to reach that position, but there is position for only one person there. The person who reaches that throne experiences intense heat and storm� of church politics, but he cannot get out of that chair as it is for his life. Hence many priests try to reach the second best position of becoming a Metropolitan.
I am amazed to see the number of priests who are longing to be a metropolitan. The present problem in our church is due to that. Priests should not get disappointed if they are not selected by the screening Committee. Every priest in our church can continue to do the will of our Lord with out the burden of administering a diocese.
I too am a member of the Managing Committee. I am glad that I am not a member of the screening committee. As a lay person how can I measure the divinity of a priest? I believe that members of the Holy Synod�should take the lead role in this matter and give strong guidance to the lay people so that they can select the best persons to become Metropolitans.
DR M.S.ALEXANDER, LEEDS, ENGLAND.
- How about a Screening committee formed by the concerned diocese selecting three candidates, out of which one will be elected by the Association for thatMessage 3 of 4 , Aug 1, 2008View SourceHow about a Screening committee formed by the concerned diocese
selecting three candidates, out of which one will be elected by the
Association for that diocese only? It will also help to get candidates
from all regions instead of depending on vested interest of some (if
there is any). Also it can avoid complaints of sending a Metropolitan
from South to North or North to South as they themselves selected
their candidate. Anyway 100% satisfaction will not be possible, though
it can reduce politics. Let there be a condition that one person
cannot be short listed by more than one diocese same time.
I know I am too late to bring such a topic now. However, I just shared
my thoughts seeing the pathetic situation.
Sajy Thannikkottu, Kathmandu