Catholic - Oriental Orthodox Dialogue at Damascus
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Mor Theophilose Kuriakose
Oriental Orthodox - Catholic International Joint Commission meetings started.
Damascus: The fifth theological dialogue meeting of the International Joint Commission of Oriental Orthodox and Catholic Churches started at the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus, Syria. The Churches, which was separated in the 5th Century, formed this dialogue commission in 2003.
The meeting discussed about the Churchs' missionary and theological work requirement and is formulating a common declaration. However, the difference of opinion on several aspects, like Papal Primacy etc. will require more in-depth discussions.
In the opening speech, the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch H.H. Ignatius Zakka I emphasised the importance of joint meetings of Oriental Orthodox and Catholic Churches, which are very close in faith matters, to improve and expand its bilateral relations, due to the increased relegious terrorism, secularism etc. seen today.
The representatives from Catholic Church, Syrian Orthodox Church, Coptic Orthodox Church, Ethiopian Orthodox Church and Armenian Orthodox Church took part in this year's meeting. The Indian Orthodox Church were not attending the meeting, due to the recent developments in Kerala. Two of their metropolitans were said to be ordained a German person, who is under the jurisdiction of Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, as a Bishop, and it was strongly condemned by all OO and Catholic Church heads. The Joint Commission's Co-Chairman and Ponthifical Council President Cardinal Walter Casper informed that the Catholic Church issued instruction to its European Church centres, not to receive the said Bishop in any of its dioceses or institutions.
The Armenian Church head H.H. Aram I will arrive in Malankara to meet and discuss with the warring factions, in order to arrive at a peaceful solution, Patriarch H. H. Ignatius Zakka I said.
The Jacobite Church from Malankara was represented in the meeting by H.G. Dr. Kuriakose Mor Theophilos and the Catholic Church in India was represented by Rev. Fr. Dr. Mathew Vellanikkal.
SOCM News Bureau.