A golden opportunity: H.B Baselios Thomas I
- The Jacobite Church Catholicos, Baselios Thomas I, while welcoming
today's crucial High Court verdict, said this was a golden opportunity
for peacefully resolving the church dispute.
The Catholicos told presspersons that the verdict had upheld his
faction's view on the independence of parish churches. He noted that
the court had now allowed his faction to legally break away and form
its own church. (The Jacobites had already formed the Jacobite Syrian
Christian Church, but the Orthodox faction would not recognise them).
The Catholicos pleaded with the rival faction to split the church and
exist in peace as two separate churches. The two churches, existing as
two entities, could better serve Christ, he felt.
Source: www.thehindu.com 29th Jan 2003