Re: Easter Guidance..
- Greetings to all
Thanks to George achen of ICON for the thoughts. Unity of mankind or
the whole world is a wonderful dream, but for what? It was not for
the throne of St. Thomas or St. Peter. So the interpretation is
totally false. It was for salvation and you believe it can be
achieved through litigations, fights and closing of churches sorry
I believe you are in the wrong path. Moreover who are we to achieve
that when you yourself said "that has been His (Jesus) only
Your comparison of the current litigation between two holy factions
to that of the women who came to King Solomon as in 1 Kings 3:16-28
too is not right and not comparable because
1. there the argument was between two prostitutes
2. they came to King Solomon because one of their child was
dead and only one was alive
3. they knew King Solomon was the right and absolute authority.
No one can and should say Parumala Kochuthirumeni is a saint and
Manjanikkara Bava is less by any means. We all should accept the
Holiness of both Pampady thirumeni as well as Valiya thirumeni of
Thrikkunnathu Seminary. Both these orthodox churches are holy and as
per my view it is only unholy because of the litigation which is
going on for decades.
When I said it is right to divide and part between the brothers as
mentioned in the last mail you preferred to keep the relationship as
neighbors and asked me if I will part my personal properties for the
love of your neighbor. Let's see what the commandments were.
Exodus Chapter 20 Verse 17: You shall not covet your neighbor's
house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant
or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your
In the New Testament Jesus taught us the two most important
commandments of which the second was as in Mark 12 Verse 31: Love
your neighbor as yourself.
First let us stop thinking of taking (covet) his properties and show
some love and respect as brother or neighbor, and then of giving
away of your properties. Let us preach and practice the true
Christianity rather than what is happening now.
I cannot accept the argument that the courts of justice are the
supreme and JUST authorities. How can you say Lord Jesus got justice
from Pontius Pilate who was the supreme governor and who had powers
to free him or to crucify him? Can anybody be sure of the judgment
regarding the existence of holy thrones by these courts? Tomorrow if
the court rules of the creation of a trust similar to "Dewaswam
Board" will it be a just judgment? After a couple of decades
American Diocese declare autonomy and autocephaly and
create "Catholicose of west" will we be able to speak in any courts?
Yes I do believe in democracy and that of India were we painfully
accepted the division of it into India and Pakistan which was the
best solution (yes not the right solution which was the unified
India) as accepted by Gandiji who was a better Christian than all of
us. At the same time we cannot justify the judgments and atrocities
by the US government all around the world in the name of democracy.
My personal view is if any of the parishes having less than 20-25%
(which can be decided by a Christian arbitration committee) of the
minority factions should not have any claim on the church and church
properties other than accepting the larger faction, and parishes
having 20%-49.9% having the minority faction in a disputed church
should be helped by the majority faction to establish a new church.
It will be Christian solution for this century old dispute rather
than what is going on in the courts and the streets.
Lets us accept and pray for the BEST possible solution for our Sabha
case too which may not be the RIGHT solution for all the people in
both the factions for whom the right solution is different for their
Your brother in Christ
Shinu Jesus Abraham
St. Mary's Church, Thrukothamangalam