We need to change the administrative set up.
- The Indian Orthodox Church (IOC) needs a lot of changes.
We have to structure a set up to organise a dedicated team for the
mission work in USA. We have to teach the true belief and worship to
all the people and that is the Primary mission of our church in here.
For this set up we have to select dedicated people and we have to fund
for that project.
We have to put an end to the formation of mushroom type parishes. It
will be highly appreciable if our Bishops take a stand to not allow
anybody to form a parish. We should not allow to form a parish if
there is a parish within 40 miles radius with less than 200 families.
Each Church should have a full time Priest and that Priest should be
paid decently. The Priests to be transfered after a term of each 3
years irrespective of status of the Priest. The Parish has to
proivide decent accomodation to the Priest.
The Priests shuld be under the payroll of the Diocese and this system
should be introduced strictly.
The Bishops also to be paid by the Diocese under a payroll system and
all the donations and "Kaimuth" should be accounted in the Diocesan
Account. Any "Kaimuth" or donation to the Bishop should be paid by
cheque only in the name of the Diocesan Account. And the Bishops in
Indian Orthodox Church should be transferred with a term of every 5
Owning private property in the personal name of any Bishop should be
totally stop and the present properties should be transfered to the
In USA most of the members are US citizens or going to be that. So it
is not our duty to feed the Church in India. What institution do we
have in USA?. Our generation will ask this question to us. We have
to plan to form certain institutions in USA. If we start to charter
it in a good way it will be fullfilled. A permanent body has to form
with people who can work for it and who has the ability for that.
More over we have to co-operate with the other Orthodox Churches as we
have all the facility in here to utilise it.
These are some points I would like to share with you all. If the
Indian Orthodox Church needs an existance then we have to think it in
a revolutionery way.
Charly V. Padanilam, Houston
- Many of us think that there is no need for ordaining 7 bishops. This
thinking is based on our present adimistrative model and our concept
of how a bishop should exist or maintained (which includes
I think we can have many more bishops, say 12 for each diocese, with
a bishop in each major city as part of the Diocese. They are just
bishops working with the Metropolitan (or Archbishop) head of the
Diocese. The Archbishop should have very good experience, thorough
theological background and monastic experiece. The bishops can be
ordinary celibate people with good educational background and
The Diocese of America can have a Metropolitan and bishops for each
city. For every 12 priests we can have a bishop subject to the
metropolitan of the diocese. The Catholicose of the East is the
Universal head of all St. Thomas Christians and their mission
worldwide. He represents the unity of the Apostolic Church, while
Metropolitans and bishops work in each Dioceses.
These are the advantages:
- improve Orthodox mission.
- more care for each parish and needs of people, which includes the
needs of poor within the Church.
- uproot protestant influence in most areas.
- encourage monasticism.
- to discover youth with spiritual ambitions and direct them towards
If about 24 candiates showed interest in becoming bishops, church can
honor their ambition and ordain them bishops confidently. It is up to
them to prove their abilities after they are ordained and God will
strengthen them if they aim to help the Orthodox Church.
1 Timothy 3: 1 "The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office
of bishop, he desires a noble task."
Since it is a sure saying, all candidates meeting the basic canonical
criteria can be ordained.