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The Church Does not Approbate the Recent Bishop Consecration at New Delhi: Catholicos of the East

KOTTAYAM: Catholicos of the East and Malankara Metropolitan made the stand of Orthodox Church clear on the recent bishop consecration at New Delhi through Bull No 300/2010, issued from the Catholicate Palace Kottayam on June 19, Saturday.

“It came into our attention from news media that Severios Moses Gurgan, who is not recognized by the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, had consecrated one of the priests as bishop. This is against the Constitution of the Church and further, this priest is not elected to be consecrated as a bishop by the Malankara Association, nor is it approbated by the Holy Episcopal Synod. We strictly order not to let such people enter into Churches of Malankara, nor to welcome them with honor and respect that befit an Episcopos, nor to attend any of the prayers or any spiritual events, where such people are giving leadership. If anyone acts there against, we will consider it as an act of indiscipline and as a challenge against the spiritual authority that the fathers have divinely vested upon us as the supreme head of the Holy Church. We will impose disciplinary actions against such people. This order is also valid for all members of the Malankara Church, who get ordained to any ecclesiastical positions either by Severios Moses Gurgan or any one, whom he has consecrated. We consider the spiritual and temporal discipline of the Church extremely important and hence seek all our beloved spiritual children of the Church to refrain from such activities. We further affectionately demand you all, not to have interactions with anyone, who attempt to create any kind of unrest in the Church”, says the Catholicos of the East in his Bull.