National Church ?
Is there any relevance for a National Church ?
(Many of the Catholicose faction members seems to be in favour of converting the Malankara Church as a NATIONAL Church just like Byzantine Churches. Is there any need for that ?
The extracts given below, from the scholarly book, Veni Vidi Vici - the story of an apostolic visit by D Babu Paul written in 1982 (Page 169), may be helpful to clarify the doubt )
-------If the national boundaries are the bases for autocephaly why do they (Catholicose faction) want the American citizens (who originally belonged to India) to be under their Catholicos ? Should they not be autocephalous, too ? Again if the Indian church was autocephalous and if there was Syrian Christians in the area which subsequently became Pakistan, would there now be a Pakistan Orthodox Church ? And a Bangladesh Orthodox Church from December 1971 ? If a common language or ethic affinity is the basis for autocephaly, how many such Churches should there be in India ? Cant there be an autocephalous Church for every state in India ? Why should the Metropolitan of Delhi be subject to the Catholicos in the far distant town of Kottayam ? The Church, the Body of Christ, truly transcends limitations of geography, language and race. It is not a familial or social group with common vested interests. --------- (Page 169)
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