Mr. Jomon, thanks a lot for your understanding and frank comments. For me one thing I pray and I believe that without compromising the fundamentals of Christianity nothing is wrong even to highest ecclesiastical order to come down to the ground for peace.
We don’t believe in infallibility of any priestly orders. Theological interpretations of bible and arguments and counter arguments never ever settle any problems. The priest hood of St. Thomas is a very sensitive area of faith, order, and traditions of Malankara Syrian Christians from time immemorial. To review or withdraw a bull is the realm of the Holy Synod and the Patriarch. But consultations, suggestions, advices, and opinions of people even to the ordinary lot should be welcomed.
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” (Mathew 5:9)
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Jomon Varghese wrote:
> Dear Achan
> You wrote
> "and if it’s necessary, to withdraw the Patriarchal bull on about the sound of questioning the priesthood of St Thomas."
> At least some theologians hold and doubt the priesthood of St. Thomas our apostle and Guardian. Whether or not the statement of His Holiness was inadvertent or erroneous, and it was, apostle-ship is far superior to priesthood. The patriarch affirmed that Thomas was apostle and saint. Also, as martyr he is above priesthood.
> So it is not necessary or why should the present Patriarch withdraw the previous Patriarchal bull. This to be decided only by a Universal Synod, which never will take place at this stage.
> In Christ