This is a message received for Dr. Babu Paul I.A.S, in the St. George
Syrian Orthodox Church, Cheppaud community regarding the same subject.
The latest order of the court at least should help us to leave
courthalls once for all. Unfortunately most of our "leaders" interact
at the top intellectual level of society only with our own members
and are therefore denied the opportunity to appreciate the dismal
impression we create among other communities.
Having been closely associated with church affairs from early
childhood, as an unnoticed observer/listener, as student leader and
later as a fairly wellknown member of the church with access to the
unlisted number of the Supreme Head of the church I must say that we -
both sides- have displayed utter lack of imagination at critical
points in the recent history of the church.I had personally suggested
to Catholicose Marthoma MathewsII and his senior lay leaders, before
the Division Bench took up the case, to offer to court what the
Supreme Court has now decreed. Had they listened this loss of face
could have been avoided. They were overconfident!! And they paid the
price. In 1991 the Holy Father had suggested separation of the two
factions as communities with full intercommunion, the mainstream of
Devalokam was in favour, so was the late Mar Paulose II of blessed
memory, but as a congregation we either did not understand what the
Patriarch meant or rejected the opportunity. In 1995 the Patriarch
welcomed the verdict, but both sides broke off talks and litigation
continued.THE PATRIARCH IS NOT TO BE BLAMED FOR THIS STALEMATE AT
ALL. We in Malankara will have to answer before God.And this includes
The Devalokam group had, I am told, a meeting of their synod and
working committee and they have constituted a committee to pursue the
process of reconciliation.We have our meeting coming up next week.
The basic question is whether the two sides would opt for
confrontation or consensus. Let us hope that there would be a
consensus which would lead to lasting peace. The present opportunity
may well be the last we get to settle the matter in a Christian
spirit: at least the last chance of the present generation.
God has ensured that this church would retain both the Patriarch and
the internal temporal autonomy. It is wellsettled law in this country
that none can change the 1934 Constitution against the scheme
envisaged by the Supreme Court and so the place of the Patriarch
cannot be changed from what it was when the Court upheld the
Constitution. Nor can we on our part claim to be members of the
Malankara Church without accepting this Constitution, as almost all
our Metropolitans have already done before legal authorities so as to
enjoy the benefit of status quo, which, incidentally would cease to
be operative once the process set out now is through.None could have
bargained for a more balanced verdict than what has been handed down
by the Supreme Court, first in 95 and now in 2001.
Let us respond with prayers.
My active connection with the church is limited to the Trivandrum
parish as of now, but my prayers cover the whole church.
Let us dedicate this Nativity Lent for reconciliation.
Shall we read I Cor 6 every day from now till Easter?
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