SABHA CHARITHRAM PART 44
Witnessing various falsehoods written in both the forums by misguided
people I felt it logical enough to reproduce the true version of the
Church History written by none other than the most Rev Malankara
Malpan Dr Kanyamparambil Achen.
I humbly implore this forum to kindly reproduce the article as it is,
so that the faithful could have a clear view about the happenings in
this church for the past 100 years. This article starts from page 173
of the book. However only select but important portions (relevant in
this context) have been written along with my very small observations
in the spare time I could afford because of my busy schedule.
I do not know if this book is available anymore but I sincerely
exhort every faithful to try to get at least a copy of it.
Aloho Ahmuch .
THE SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN INDIA AND ITS APOSTOLIC FAITH
His Beatitude Mor Baselios Paulose II on his return to Malankara was
accorded grand reception in Kuwait and Bombay. The unprecedented
reception at Moovatupuzha testified to the World, how loyal and
obedient are the members of the Malankara Church to a Catholicos,
Validly consecrated by the Patriarch.
The Susthathikon was publicly read and Oxios befitting the Catholicos
The Catholicos' memorable speech on the occasion showed the public,
how a Catholicos should respect the Holy See of Antioch.
His Beatitude said;" His Holiness The Patriarch is the Supreme Head
of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church, a fact admitted by all
Orthodox Churches; and for us that is a dogma too; His Holiness, The
Patriarch , The Supreme Head is seated on the Apostolic Throne of
Antioch, founded by St Peter, the Head of the Apostles. St Peter's
supremacy and authority to represent our Lord, in the church is
unquestionable- could anybody say that they have communion with
Christ, without communion with the Holy See from where it diffused
the priesthood conferred by our Lord? Since the continuance of
priesthood is essential for spiritual growth and eternal salvation
and since the submission of the Malankara Church with Antioch has
been a historical fact attested Historically and Canonically. Our
forefathers and we stood firm withstanding hardships and even
persecutions to preserve the purity of priesthood, emanating from the
Throne of St Peter. Legal Courts too have unequivocally expressed the
fact of the Supremacy of the Holy See over the Malankara Syrian
Orthodox Church. Our forefathers and the saintly spiritual Fathers,
sent for our succor by the Holy See suffered much to maintain this
HB Paulose II further continued; " The Patriarch is Supreme in Syrian
Hierarchy. Neither Metrapolitans , nor even the Catholicos are equal
to him nor can they administer their duties without explicit
obedience to the Patriarch. The Holy Father command and the others
His Beatitude warned the faithful never to revolt against the
spiritual authorities and quoted the oath of subordination made by
Maor Augen Baselios and described his gradual retracing from the Holy
Oath, and vainly professing that he was equal to the Patriarch and
the latter had no authority over the Malankara Church; and the Church
were entirely two different Churches, that there was only a bond of
friendship between them and nothing more! and that he was seated on
the Throne of St Thomas, in the same way as the Patriarch was on the
Throne of St Peter. His Beatitude regretted the unchristian refusal
of Mor Augen Catholicos and his partisans of the paternal exhortation
of the Holy Father.
After mentioning about the Universal Synod of 1975, HB the Catholicos
" As for the unanimous decision of our spiritual Fathers the Holy
Father has kindly consecrated our humble self, Canonically as the
Catholicos of the East under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of
Antioch and all the East; on 7th September 1975 and has empowered Us
through the Susthathikon for administration and has sent Us to your
midst. His Holiness has further appointed metropolitans for the
dioceses in consultation with Us and respecting the requests of our
clergy and laity".
The bewildered Devalokam tried their best to check the onward march
of the Malankara church but in vain.
Note: Were the words of the present Devalokam Catholicos anywhere
near to what we have seen above? No! Rather he tried to equate
himself to the Patriarch stubbornly even now!! I humbly implore the
metran kakshis who have direct access to their Catholicos and asked
him eye to eye if he can deny that he was one of those responsible
for the split in the Malankara Church!