Re: Can you explain the differences.
- Dear all
I think brother Larry is confused Mar Thoma Indian Orthodox church
(St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church) as a separate congregation. This
could be a member church of Malankara Orthodox Syrian church only.
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church also sometimes refers as Indian
I haven't ever heard Marthoma Church referring themself as Marthoma
Indian Orthodox Church.
(1) is this Church autocephalous? (2) Can they claim to have apostolic
succession of St. Thomas? (3) Can they break off from the apostolic
see of St. Peter in their quest for independence? Their arguments are
for an independent church along the lines mentioned above. Who is the
head of the Church is also a question that they content but without
any valid reason.
These issues mentioned by Rev. Fr. (Dr.). Mani Rajan was attended by
the same apex court of India a long time back in 1995. However the
same court order is yet to implement.
Sajy Thannikkottu, Kathmandu
- Greetings Fr. Mani Rajan,
Ok now I see the differnces and why the splits. I read this last
night and was a little confused. I did some more reading on the
internet today and looked at some of the discussions on this forum
and along with what you wrote cleared up some things. I know I asked
if the church we started attending was a good church. It is a
Jacobite church. But I think that question is more clear to me now.
Well I pray that these issues are resolved someday. It seems like it
has been a long time division.
Grace and Peace in the love of Chirst.
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Rev. Fr. (Dr.) Mani Rajan wrote:
> Dear Brother Larry,
> I am Fr. (Dr.) Mani Rajan, a priest of the Syrian Orthodox Church.
There is a short answer to your questions, provided you have some
knowledge about the history of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.
Let me try to answer your questions.
> Orthodox Syrian church
> Malankara Orthodox Syrian church
> Malankara Jacobite Syrian church
> Mar Thoma Indian Orthodox church