> Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 12:27:49 +0300
> From: Varghese George
> Subject: Re: Pitiable state of our church
> The present state of the church is pitiable.
> Who created this situation ?
> It is created by Dr. Thomas Athanasiose , Trichur
> Milithiose and Abraham
> Sevariose Problems are only in places where they
> have very little support.
I fail to see how these three bishops caused the rift
in the church. Who has the right to question their
reasons for joining the Orthodox side? I thought
people have the God-given freedom of choice. It was
their decision and although YOU may not agree or
approve, we must all respect THEIR decision.
There was a deacon in the Orthodox side some years ago
who was not ordained priest for a number of reasons.
He approached a bishop on the Syrian side and was
ordained to priest. When questioned by parish members
about why he changed sides, his response was that it
was his personal choice. It then becomes no one's
issue other than this priests'. Isn't it true for
these three bishops as well? Does the laity now have
the right to judge based on the decisions made by
these three bishops? What if every decision you made
were questioned by the people around you and you were
Let us leave this before the throne of God and
allow His will (not our own selfish reasons and
motives) be done. There can only be peace and success
if people stop criticizing and ridiculing and pray,
Dn. George Mathew