Re:Current Malankara Church Affairs- who is responsible?
- Dear All,
These are some of my own thoughts, and not to be quoted.
Since it is my own thought, i do not claim it is correct.
The current malankara church split occurred because of the actions of of
our late Patriarch Moran Mor Peter-III. Following are the reasons:
1. HH Called the Mulanthuruthy Synod?
In that Synod, HH divided the Malankara Church into different dioceses and
anointed bishops for all these newly formed dioceses. Till then the
Archadiyacon (or Malankara Metropolitan)was in full control of the entire
malankara church. Because of the number in bishops increased the question
of presiding over the meetings of these bishops might have arised. Then
these meetings transformed into the shape of a local Synod. (Am I right?)
After having a Synod, never heard before in Malankara thought of having
taking some independent decisions initially, then started dictating to the
head of the church, thereby provoked a thinking to one of the incubent of
Malankara Metropolitan to think of having an independent church,
thereafter thought of a new throne, heard nowhere till then, and so on
and so forth.
2. Anointing St.Gregorios (Kochu-thirumedi of Parumala).
This action of HH is one of the major contributor towards strengthening
the IOC. Why? All know that in the later part of 19th century the
southern part of Kerala, where the newly formed reformists group under
the Palakkunnathu Athanasious Metropolitan,were harrassing the
believer's in all their might. Thousands of Syrian Orthodox Christian
in southern Kerala could not withstand in their attack, slowly the
Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in South Kerala was going to become
extinct. HH foresee the situation very clearly. Though the Reformist's
could not succeed in the court of law to have control of the Malankara
Syrian Orthodox churches, except seven and halr churches, the flow of
the faithfuls towards the reformists side was tremendous. If it
continued atleast for a quarter century or so, the name of the Syrian
Orthodox Church in south kerala would have been an extincted specie.
(Here pl. read it as the entire stronghold of the IOC).
3. HH made Kochu-thirumeni in charge of the South Dioceases:
This boomaranged as the most hardened blow to the Jacobite now.
Parumala thirumeni after assuming charge of those southern dioceses,
travelled extensively all over the places of worships under his
control, and that action of Kochuthirumeni acted as a sudden break
towards the flow of the faithfuls to the reformist's camp (the Marthoma
church). Kochuthirumeni not only acted as a catalyst between the
faithfuls and the Throne of St.Peter, he was a great social reformer
also. Under Kochuthirumeni's leadership lot of educational institutions
were started (now all these institutions are the money minting machines
to the IOC).
Not only the above actions of HH Peter-III, the successor to HH also was
very lenient and considerate. HH love and affection towards the Malankara
was exploited not only by Vattassery Thirumeni, the architect of the
Malankara Church Split, all his successors were competing with his
predessor's to think and act, so as to enable them to beat the True
The current leadership of IOC do not know the Church History of the
Jacobites, and hence they are acting so vigorously. They will not be able
to succeed in detaching away the faithfuls from their root faith. The
Coonan Cross, numerous dwelling places of our late Antiochan Fathers, the
early church history are acting as good catalysts among the faithfuls.
Hope my thoughts and observations would not hurt anybody, if it hurts I
think, it will not be because of my putting the truth, but it would be
because of their partial knowledge of history.
With love and regards to all,
St. Mary's JSO church, Ahmedabad