Re: Are we fanatics??? - Reply to Aley John and other
- Dear Aley John and others,
Your concern on all the points raised seems to be very relevant.
It is true that we are spending crores of rupees for cases. You
have rightly pointed it too. But the problem with many persons
is that they are only seeing one side of the coin.
The Jacobites are a people who are defending for their existence.
Some may think that since we are all Christians we must always take
a policy to avoid issues even by giving up everything. Being a human
being I cant always agree with that. Take the case of Kunnamkulam
Arthat Simhasana church. It was built by Saintly Sleeba Mar Osthathios
Bava in a land donated to the Holy See by a group of people who found
it difficult to carry on their daily Spiritual needs in their parent
church. Bavas silent prayers helped to construct a church there and
he was buried here and for lakhs of people this is a Holy place. But
after the farce unity of 1958, the opposite group started to create
problems in that church by trying to bring it under the direct control
of the Malankara Metropolitan who was also the Catholicos then.
Former Catholicos Baselios Geevarghese II even dared to enter this
Church inorder to take control of the Church and its properties. He
was then accompanied by a strong police force against the kind request
of the people who were members of that Church. The problems started
at that time continues even now. At present while 1000 odd familes
are Jacobites, there are only less than 13 who are siding with the
opposite group. Moreoever there are 2 large Churches and 5 small
capels for the opposite group very near to this Simhasana Church.
(The main Church which is in total control of opposite group is
just 1/2 a kilometer away from the Simhasana Church) While most
of the opposite group have no objection in stopping the cases against
the Jacobites it is the very who are in the leadership of opposite
group who are continuing with the cases. While all including those
in opposite group call the Church as Bavas Pally or Simhasana Church,
the very few in methran faction call it Arthat Puthen pally with the
intention to mix it with the IOC churches. Malayala Manorama is the
group which helps to propogate this usage by giving the name of the
Church as Arthat Puthen Pally in their Calendars published every year.
I have expressed so much to point out the malefic intentions of the
opposite group. Now they have filed another case in Supreme Court
against even the Simhasana Churches claiming that there are no such
Churches in Malankara. Every other persons knows that there are many
Simhasana Churches like Majanikkara, Perumpally, Soonoro at Ekm.,
Kottayam, Kunnamkulam, Malecurisu and many more. But those who conduct
the cases for the opposite group cant agree with this. They want to
squeeze the Jacobites out of their churches. For that their Catholicose
Mathews II is signing many cheques running to crores of rupess which he
mentioned in his jubilee functions at Kottayam. (here he actually tried to
get sympathy by saying so, but the common man understood who is the culprit)
Like in the major case, the Simhasana churches are now forced to engage an
advocate in SC to defend the case. This advocate may not be in par with
Adv. Nariman of opposite group, but whatelse can we do with our limited
resources. We can of course avoid defending, but what will then happen ?
we will just loose all our Churches which our forefathers constructed.
In many cases they have built churches after they have been thrown out
of their parent churches. But now with the help of a very few parishioners,
in most cases 4 or 5 in a Church of 1000 odd familes, the opposite group
is creating problems and they are spending crores just to take control of
the property of the poor Jacobites.
My kind question to those who advice us to stop defending the cases in
court is, Are there anyone who are ready to leave their home if one of
their relatives make an unrealistic claim of the house. I dont think
anyone will simply give up their claim even if they loose their legal
rights. They will continue to defend until their last. That is even by
mortgaging all the other properties. The people, who create troubles,
may sometimes seems to be successful with the help of crores of rupees,
but this victory will not be the end of everything. It is just the
beginning. Those who suffer the most will have the last say. I am
confident in that. I believe that the God is always with those who
suffers and not with those who spend crores of rupees.
- I am writing this so that every one in our Church,
both Orthodox and Jacobites, read this and reject any
teaching that is against the teaching of Patriarch St.
Severus. Then, the immediate thing to do is to unite
on the basis of this faith.
"That a church is a confession of right faith no one
who is reckoned among Christians and has understanding
doubts, since the Lord plainly said in the Gospels to
the divine Peter, the first of the apostles, when he
made the confession, Thou art Christ, the Son of the
living God, Thou art Cephas, and upon this rock will I
build my church, and the gates of Sheol shall not
prevail against it; and he called the firmness and
fixity of such a confession a rock. And, as speech
knows a right and sound opinion on faith as a church,
so it also knows the believers who confess it as a
church." [St. Severus, Letter to the Holy Convents of
Virgins of Christ]
In Orthodox church Peter along with Paul is honored
are firsts among Apostles. Peter, as the elder among
them and Paul, because of his hardwork for the Church.
But the Church does not use this as an opportunity to
bring local churches under single administration.
Regarding administration, Apostolic Canons (Canon
Slihe) mandates the unity of the church, the bishops
in "each Nation" under one head bishop.
Few things to notice from the words of St. Severus:
- that "a Church is a confession of right faith"
- that "He called the firmness and fixity of such a
confession a rock"
- that "as speech knows a right and sound opinion on
faith as a Church, so it also knows the believers who
confess it as a Church."
In clear words St. Severus teaches that the "firmness
and fixity of confession" is the Rock.
Based on this, those who teach that the person of
Peter is the Rock is teaching a wrong faith, a faith
different from St. Severus.
Pope Shenouda also explains that the faith of
confession is the Rock upon which the Church is found.
- Dear sister susan
Thanks for the new thread
Nisha Sharma had her 15 seconds of fame!
In India she can extend that to 15 years or even more.
As long as there are are arranged marriages dowry has to be
part of it.
In Muslim community they give money to the girl's family.
For Hindus and Christians who have arranged marriages, the dowry
system works like this:
For no dowry, one can find a bum for their daughter - he may even
live in the bride's house.
For one lakh rupees you can probably find a daily laborer
For 10 lakh rupees you can find a white collar employee.
For 25 lakh rupees you can find a professional.
For 1 crore rupees you can find an IAS officer - or more.
SO GET OVER WITH IT.
Aji Thomas David
--- In SOCM-FORUM@yahoogroups.com, Susan Jose wrote:
> Dowery system has its good and bad side. Under christian law a
girl has no
> rights to her parents property after the marriage.(unless she go
> court) So it is good to give her fair share of her parents wealth
> time of marriage.
> The bad side is that people get greedy and try to squeze dowery
> other's ability to pay.
> Your comments please.
> In Christ
> Susan Jose