- Why dont we accept the "roadmap' and accept "peaceful coexistence'
I wrote a reply previously on the present discussion about a church unity.
It.Looks like that it doesnot corroborate with the line of thinking of the
moderators, and they have determined not to publish it on the site.So I will
attempt to say it again.I respecfully disagree with any one who would say
that division that was brewing since time of Ougen Bava has anything to do
wtih history,facts or truth.It has more to do with personality clashes personal ambtions ego and self interest.Any arguments based on facts and truthwill win only if the parties concerned are willing to agree to an outcome based on facts or truth.Or one can agree to accept the verdict of an arbitrator like the Supreme Court of India.Here we fought for 150 years through the courts and finally the Supreme Court in 1995 gave a decision with the intent of settling the issues rather than really making a judgement based on arguments.Any one would say it was a balanced judgement.Three or 4 bishops
of the Patriarch's side agreed to abide by the verdict of the supreme court
so that it could bring peace to the church.We all know who was the hold out
and where his 'eyes' were set.So long as people are governed by interests
"other than the interest of the Church and God" the present situation will
not change.Another factor that makes peace impossible is the people who does
not want peace are in power behind the titular heads like the Catholicose or
the Patriarch.The power against unity among the Patriach's faction is led by
the H.B the Catholicose.I happened to believe and can support by historical
facts (those who want to know ,privately) that the Patriarch simply writes
what his supporters want to him to write.Infact it is correct to say that
some of who did not get what they wanted during the "peaceful years' of
Ougen Bava have regrouped themselves and are using the Patriarch to maintain
their position.It is nothing more than the divisions in the Kerala Congress
or any political party.If one leader who is aspiring to become a minister
cannot become a minister he would split with the main party and form a new
party and becomes the leader and minister.
So long as this is the situation any talk about history and truth is a sheer
waste of time.Everyone knows the truth.The authority to make the peace does
not lie with any one of us who are really concerned with "what is happening
to us".It lies with as I said earlier with some "who couldnot careless"
group.Unless we majority can replace this group who supports division
through a democratic process unity is a mirage in the desert.But in a church
set up like ours (both factions included) such a process is impossible as we
always mix "ecclessiastical" with "administrative"
The unfortuante part of for the North American situation is the diffculty in
explaining this to the second generation.Our 'great history' does not give
them any pride as a faith order to take any clues for their spiritual growth
in North America.It is beyond their imagination as to why this division
exists and why it cannot be settled one way or another and get on with the
life of the Church.Until the matter is settled the North American
Orthodox/Jacobites should agree on a "roadmap" for the peaceful side by side
existence so that the second generation get a chance to meet each other and
practice the faith and possibly 'keep" them "inside" rather than they go
"outside" looking for life partnes.WE ALL LOOSE AS IT IS HAPPENING RIGHT
NOW.BUT PROBABLY THE PEOPLE SITTING IN KERALA HAS NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT IT AS IT IS NOT THEIR SONS OR DAUGHTERS WHO ARE GOING AWAY
Thanks and regards
George Mathew Panicker
- "The Lord, indeed, is the Lover of mankind, so full of tender compassion
whenever we turn completely toward Him and are freed from all things contrary.
Even though we, in our supreme ignorance, childishness, and tendency toward evil,
turn away from true life and place many impediments along our path because we
really do not like to repent, nevertheless, He has great mercy on us. He
patiently waits for us until we will be converted and return to Him and be
enlightened in our inner selves that our faces may not be ashamed in the day of
St. Macarius the Great.
"My eye wastes away because of affliction. Lord, I have called daily upon
You; I have stretched out my hands to You." Psalm 88:9