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11464Unauthorized consecration - Indian Express

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  • SOCM News Bureau
    Dec 5, 2007
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      Indian Express, dated. 5 December 2007

      Unauthorized consecration of German as Metropolitan kicks up controversy.

      Kottayam, Dec 4: Two bishops of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church have stirred up a hornet�s nest through the unauthorized consecration of a Christian German monk as Metropolitan at an undisclosed place in the state last week.

      The monk was ordained as Severios Mosa Gurgan, who has assumed charge at the newly created Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe. The assumption of the foreign bishop in an ecclesiastical high ground was at the end of a long standing tiff with the Holy See of Antioch in Damascus.

      The event has gained slow but steady attention in the annals of the Church, especially since the installation was reportedly conducted after keeping a majority of those in the Church hierarchy as well as almost all the faithful in the dark. It is said that the two native bishops, who are migrants from the Jacobite fold to the Orthodox side, took the initiative to settle scores with their earlier band. Though the idea of laying hands upon the German monk by Orthodox bishops came up for discussion at the Synod meet held in August, no final decision was taken then.

      Interestingly, the local bishops had also given the go-ahead to the Canon Law that a minimum of three bishops should be present for the installation of a bishop. Further, Catholicos Baselios Didymos, the church supreme, and Catholicos designate Paulose Mar Milithios, was very much present there, but did not attend the consecration ceremony. It is common practice to the Orthodox Church, like all other denominations, that the Church supreme and the next one in the hierarchy leads the installation ceremony of a bishop. �None was aware of the details of the event,� a top functionary of the Church told Express.

      Indian Express, dated. 5 December 2007