Questions to Dn. George Mathew.
You say that since St. Thomas was the one to introduce
Christianity into India, then he must have appointed
priests. If so, then where is the evidence? You have
said that St. Thomas established FAITH. That means he
did not establish any organised church.
Even if he had established a church, what happened to it?
Unless something really bad had happened, there was no
point in the Antioch Church getting its root in Malankara!!
Again the reference is to 7 churches, but nothing about
The organisation occured only after Syrian fathers helped??
Why did Malankara Christian accept it if it was that bad??
You further mention that relationship with Antioch led to
the church in Malankara losing its authenticity. If so what
was Authentic in Malankara church that was lost. And from
that time till today, when suddenly you realised St. Thomas
established a throne here and that is the authentic
Why no one refered to the throne, until Catholicose Ougen
suddenly started using the term??
If it was just a loan from the syrian fathers, why do you
still cling on to the liturgy, rituals, the structure of
the church and even the dress as the syrian fathers gave.
You are supposed to give back the documents after the loan
has been repayed!!!
You should have build temples for christ and do Aarti as
some of the later churches in North India do!!
Peace is possible, but not when people in Kadamattom and
Kolenchery and many other churches and kept it for years
and prayed and where their anscestors are buried are taken
away forcefully or they are driven away from it.
Sounds like the after repaying the loan, the debtor goes a
step ahead and claims the house and property of the person
who gave him loan!!
The Antioch fathers gave us a lot more that what Dn. George
Mathew thinks. They gave their life or else go and stand in
front of Parumala Thirumeni or Eldo Mar Baselious Bava and
you will defenitely get that feeling. That for the Malankara
Christians to have those fathers and those churches and all
the blessings all the people get from them was possible
because there was a link with syria. Its not merely a story
of a loan. If it is then the loan is huge that Malankara will
never be able to repay it. That Malankara christians would not
have been there to fight for church property or they would have
all been forcefully made to convert to Catholics. That would
mean that a certain Dn. George Mathew would not be sitting in
USA and making his assumptions about church history, nor would
have been there Boney Kuriakose to sit in Chennai and defend
his relationship of Blood, Sweat and Tears to the Throne of
St. Peter at Antioch.
St. Ignatius Jacobite Syrian Church
Senior Research Fellow,
Prof.SS Gnanamanickam's Lab
Centre For Advance Studies in Botany
University of Madras, Guindy Campus