Re: Change MOSC Catholicos Title and change Name of Church
- Dear Mike, Gigi, and brothers and sisters of the SOC,
I am in complete agreement with Gigi's comments. Thank you for
explaining about the political situation that P.C. Alexander was in
because I am not really knowledgeable about Indian politics, but it
really shed light into his baseless and ignorant remarks.
I think it is a disgrace that they should even degrade the Syrian
language of the forefather. Our great saint Gregorios Thirumeni was
an eminent scholar of Syriac language and history. Not to mention
the Syrian language is still much alive in all Orthodox churches in
India because all Priests are still reciting it on Sunday. Maybe
P.C. Alexander should go tell the Hindus in India how to run their
religious instituition and leave Orthodoxy to the true faithful.
What surprises me is that people actually defend P.C. Alexander's
ideas and totally disregard the history of our Malankara Church.
Even now, there are multiple arguments in ICON by MOSC people saying
that Malankara Church is distinctly Indian and we should be proud of
being Indian. I am not against being a patriotic about ones country,
but where does nationalism stop and church begin? I was born and
brought up in America, why do I need to carry this Indian National
Banner as suggested by others? I am a Syrian Christian before I am
Indian. I really wonder how much Indian culture has really
influenced the Orthodox Church in India, other than using a minnu and
giving a sari to the bride during the wedding service, where has our
liturgy been "Indianized".
I am in total agreement that the Syrian name will never be removed
from the church, not because of loyalty or history but because of
1934 constitution and it might hinder the ownership of churches by
the MOSC. Its just depressing that people in the MOSC can not see
these things and just blindly justify these arguments and ideas for
the sake of an argument against the SOC.
I am a MOSC member; I attend a MOSC church, and was baptized in
Parumala Palli. It did take me time to realize the truth and I hope
more people will see the truth, that the Orthodox church in India is
an integral part of the SOC and the Holy Patriarch is the rightful
head and accepting these things does not in anyway alienate or
degrade the Indian culture or people, it only strengthens the idea
that Christ has not boundaries or culture. Christ is universal, and
the SOC lives by that motto.
Thank you and God Bless,
Your servant in Christ and Faithful of the SOC and the Holy