Methran faction's unity moves with the Catholic Church
What I have said is cent percent true. May be Mor Baselius
Geevarghese II, as you said, is strictly an Malankara
Orthodox Catholicos and a wise captain. I too have heard
about this. But that does not mean that Malankara Orthodox
leaders had never tried to join RCC. Vattasseril Thirumeni
and Catholicose Geevarghese II had indeed made contacts
with RCC in late 1920s in an effort to join the Catholic
Church. The main mediator was Mar Ivanios. The adverse
situation prevailing then may have forced them to decide
in favour of joining RCC. In any way it is a fact that
Methran Kakshi leadership had proceeded much in their
The only intention of many of the Methran Kakshi leaders
then (not different from nowadays) was to overpower the
Jacobite Christians; they didnt mind about the manner
in which they could achieve their goals.
It is also a fact that on their return after the peace
talks with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch in
Mardin, the Vattasseril Thirumeni and Mar Ivanios met
the Syrian Catholic Patriarch and continued discussions
on RCC-Methran Kak.. unity.
One of the main demands of Methran faction was an
independent status like the present day Reeth. These
discussions were in the final stage. All these were at
a time when they were loosing the cases in courts. But
after their return from the Patriarchal Aramana, a
crucial case came in their favour. Suddenly all others
except Mar Ivanios changed their stand and decided to
remain independent. But since Mar Ivanios was a fellow
who was different from others, he preferred to keep the
word given to RCC leadership. Thus an independent
Malankara Reeth - was born. This is the truth.
Please do remember that in the above case, it was not
the RCC leadership who went to Vatttasserril thiurmeni;
but it was Methran Kakshi leaders including vattasseril
thirumeni who went to meet RCC leaders.
If you still have any doubts about the above mentioned
unity talks with RCC and IOC leadership of 1920s, please
check with the elderly people in your Church itself.
Alternatively I can direct you to some of the elderly
Orthodox Church members who can reveal much on the issue.
Please provide with your full address. I will send the
details of persons whom you have to contact to get more
details on the said unity talks.