Some people say that there was a letter from the
middle Eastern council of OO churches addressed
to the Malnakara Church. The middle- eastern council
consisting of Patriarch Zakka 1, Pope Shenouda and
Catholicos Aram 1 (Armenian Catholicos of Cilicia)
sent a letter to HH. Baselius Mar Thomas Mathews 11
in 1998 related to the crisis in the Malankara Church.
Those who popogate about the validity of this letter
should note few things.
1. Lay people should not intervene in such letters.
It is an official matter with the middle-eastern
(which has very limited scope). The Holy Synod must
have replied to it. our lay people must not intervene
in official matters, such as letters addressed to
the Holy Synod etc.
Also the letter was not addressed to the Holy SYnod.
It was a personal letter to H.H. Catholicos of the
East. H.H. must have replied to it.
With out knowing the truth we should not propogate
rumors in an unchristian way. Truth may be very
2. The scope and charter of Middle-eastern council
of OO is limited only to the matters of OO in the
middle-east (Arab world). Hence it has no role in
the matters of Malanakara or in other OO regions (Such
as Armenia, Ethiopia, Eritrea etc).
Also SOC has significant influence in the middle-eastern
Arab council. They must be telling all kinds of stories
against the Malankara Orthodox. We need to investigate
this further and help sister churches to learn the true
3. Catholicate of Cilicia has a limited tole in the OO.
It is just a jurisdiction under the Catholicate of all
Armenians in Etchmiadzin.
What is acceptable?
Acceptable solution is to convene the Universal Synod
of Oriental Orthodox including Catholicos of All
Armenians, Ethiopian Patriarch , and Eritrean Patriarch.
Since we have significant agreements with the Eastern
Orthodox, various Eastern Orthodox Patriarchs can be
invited as observers.
Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church of the East should
bring to the attention of OO churches various deviations
of the SOC.
We need to work against reducing the Universal OO
Church merely in to an Arab entity.
- Thomas P
From the desk of moderators
Dear Mr. Thomas P, the referred subject was not
propagation. We already published the full text
of the letter. We are trying to get the reply from
Catholicose H.H. Baselious Marthoma Mathews II.
As soon as we have it, will be published it too.
Mean time if you can get the copy of the particular
reply, please forward it to us and will be
published it in this forum. Thanks for being with us.