Dear Mr Thomas,
Your question is genuine and natural. The existing constitution you mean is
the 1934 constitution ? If so, the very nature, genesis and the existence
of that 1934 constitution is completely wrong. This was formed by the
Orthodox faction alone and passed by them for the benefit of Vattipanam.
The Church is 2002 years old. Untill 1934 there was no constiution for the
Church. The Canons were formulated in AD 325. But from the day one there
was the Church based on the preachings of Jesus Christ, the Disciples,
Gospel Proclaimers, etc. and the traditions and conventions of the early
Christian Fathers and Bishops, Rambans, Monks, etc. The Holy Bible says that
there were lot of other things which were not written in the Bible, but the
same were followed by the early Christians through their generations.
As far as the Orthodox faction is concerned, their faith and the church is
based on the 1934 constitution. This is their Bible. They will accept Jesus
Christ, Patriarch, Catholicose/Malankara Methran, Bishops, Priests and laity
purely on the basis of their constitution. They are not bothered about the
faith or Holy Church. They are worried about the properties of the
faithful. They don't realise that the Church is holy and it comprises of the
laity (both living and departed souls) and the clergy and the presence of
the Holy Trinity is unavoidable for its existence.
When the sabha case judgemnt was delivered in the year 1995, our faction
could not produce any constiution, while the orthodox faction was able to
produce one. Likewise, Knanaya community, simhasana churches, and
evangelical association were able to produce constiutions. Some of the
Parishes were also able to produce constitutions and all of them were told
to act according to their constitutions. When the Court interfers they need
written rules and regulations. The honourable Court agreed to our suggestion
of adequate representation in the 1934 sabha constitution as it was found
common due to the fact that the first para of it says that the Patriarch of
Antioch & al the East is the supreme head of the Malankara Church and the
Malankara Church is a part of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church. The
orthodox faction which controlled the local administration of the Church
acts just opposite to their own constitution. Constitution makers are the
first who break it. Even the amendments as directed by the Supreme Court
should bave been presented and passed by a Malankara Association Meeting
attended by both the Jacobite and Orthodox factions. They always act
contrary to the constitution. e.g. Parumala Meeting on 20.3.02. (This was
totally illegal and manipulated. The Observer was partial and not listening
to the complaints, which he was supposed to do as an impartial observer
deputed to conduct free and fair election of the Malankara Metropolitan. No
other business could have taken place in that meeting except the election of
Malankara Metropolitan as per the Supreme Court Order dated 28.11.2001.
The Orthodox faction flashed the Court Order incomplete as certain words and
corrections were missing in their reporting the order.
Orthodox faction wish that the entire parish properties of the Jacobites and
the people should join them, except Mor Dianysious Thomas,
Catholicose-designate of Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church. They
got nearly two dozen Bishops. All of them together cannot match Mor
Dianysious. Spiritually, leadership-wise and organizing-capacity-wise His
Grace Mor Dianysious is far superior than any of their Bishops and their
Malankara Methran. They know and realise this undigestable truth.
The constitution now adopted by the Jacobite Church in Malankara is a
modified version of the Constitutions made by Mor Athanasious and later by
Perumpally Thirumeni in 1993. At that time, we could not pass it because of
the stay order from the court on the appeals made by Orthodox faction.
The present constitution is based on the various Court orders delivered from
time to time and emphasise that the Parish is for the Parishioners and the
Parish is governed by its own members in all the temporal matters and
complete inner democracy is granted. All the Jacobite churches in the
Malankara Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church except the Evangelical Association
of the East, Simhasana Churches and the Knananya Diocese are members of this
Jacobite Syrian Christian Association. It is a continuation of the Syrian
Christian Association formed in 1876 at Mulanthuruthy by H.H. the then
Patriarch of Antioch & All the East, Moran Mor Ignatious Peter III.
As the unification of both the factions of the Malankara Syrian Church has
become impossible, the only peaceful solution will be to allow the faithful
to select their way. Acording to the Supreme Court Order, there is only one
Church and the Supreme Head of that Church is His Holiness the Patriarch of
Antioch & All the East, the Malankara Church is a division of that Universal
Church. Therefore, the Indian Orthodox Church by claiming independence has
gone out of this Universal (Catholic) Church. The Jacobites can not go out
of this ancient Syrian Church and they have decided to remain loyal to the
Supreme Head of the Universal Syrian Orthodox Church.
Let us pray to God Almighty for a peaceful solution to this conflict in the
In Christian love
Jacob V Joshua, New Delhi
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> What is wrong with the existing constitution?