Re: An open letter from Jacob V Joshua on the latest developments in the Malankara Church
- Since this is an open letter, I have few quesions:
- Is Indian Orthodox a really bad word? A church can be called by many
names. Many innocently use the name "Indian Orthodox", especially
faithful from other Orthodox churches in the world, to denote
Orthodox Christians from India. These Orthodox Christians from
poor Orthodox nations also take great pride that there is an Orthodox
church in India. They feel great about it - that their faith is
growing. Of course, this depends on one's mind set - whether one is
more interested in the growth of Orthodox church or lesser wordly
- Regarding constitution, there is the ancient Apostolic
constitutions. Every church has a constitution to exist in this world.
We also need one.
Let us drop wordly and silly arguments (throne, constitution,
nation/language names etc.) and develop a broader understanding of
church of Orthodox faith, unity between churches etc. The Church
confessing same faith is one, no division or seperation there.
If we reach that realisation, peace will prevail in the Church and in
our minds. It is a very simple concept, but very difficult to
experience and accept.
Malankara church is not the only Orthodox church with internal
disputes. Every Orthodox church is facing similar problems, thus
inhibiting the growth. Let us make a difference with a simple
Peace to you and to all.
--- In SOCM-FORUM@y..., "MalankaraVoice.cjb.net" wrote:
> Here is enclosed an open letter from Jacob V Joshua, New Delhi to
one Fr.Eapen, a member of Methran Kakshi. Through this, Joshua is
giving a clear idea on the latest developments in the Malankara