4. IS THE THRONE OF ST. THOMAS AN INVENTION?
H.H. Abdul Messiha had consecrated the Catholicose in 1912 and it was on to the Throne of St. Thomas. The letter of Catholicose to the Patriarch at the time of mutual acceptance in 1958 was on the letterhead carrying the title ’Throne of St. Thomas’. The letter of summons to parish churches to send delegates to the Malankara Association to pass the Constitution in 1934 was also in the letterhead carrying the title ’Throne of St. Thomas’. Rakad church in the diocese of Ankamali has an old inscription on the steps to the Holy Altar Room, which reads as: “Yuyakim Mar Coorilose visited the Church of Malankara in 1846, when Mar Dionysius was ruling
as Malankara Metropolitan on the Throne of St. Thomas” and it shows that the ’Throne of St. Thomas’ was existing even then. Is it not then swindling to state that the letter of mutual acceptance of 1958 was read only in 1970?
Moreover, what does it mean with the term ’Throne’? Doesn’t it mean ’Apostolic Succession’? It was the Apostle St. Thomas, who has founded the Church of Malankara and the Church of Malankara is his Church. We can read the letter of H.H. Abdulla in the ’Pampakuda prayer books’ in our homes and that letter also begins like ’to the blessed … in the Church of Apostle St. Thomas’.
The Holy Bible witnesses that all the 12 apostles have thrones. In the Gospel of St. Matthew we read: Jesus said to them, ”Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel”. In short, was the question about the ’Throne of St. Thomas’ not a cheap trick to persuade a partition in Malankara?
5. ARE THE CATHOLICOSE AND HIS FACTION HERETICS?
What does it mean ’heresy’? Doesn’t it mean ’against the truths of the Holy Bible’? It is only a historical fact that St. Thomas has founded the Church in Malankara and ordained priests. Even when one dares to deny this, it just becomes a different opinion on a historical fact and not a heresy. Therefore, to claim the ’Throne of St. Thomas’ on the legacy of succession of Apostle St. Thomas does not become a heresy, rather is an expression of true faith and a biblical verity. The Patriarch is, therefore, a heretic, who has denied this ’expression of true faith and biblical verity’.
We sing the following hymn during the Holy Qurbana:
’Aaron and Moses together received the first-priesthood
and Moses imparted it to Zachariah. Zachariah imparted
it to John and John to the Lord, the Lord to the Apostles
and the Apostles imparted it to All the nations -
(Aadyacharyathvam kaikkont – aharon moosayodonnichu,
skariyaykathu nalki moosa – skaria yohannaneki,
yohannan karthavinnum – kartha than sleehanmarkkum,
nana srishti vibha-gankalkkeki sleehanmar.)’
We do not sing that the Lord had imparted priesthood to all Apostles except St. Thomas. The Lord was not partial to any of his disciples and gave ’everyone’ alike. From Mt. 16:18, we understand that the keys of the kingdom of heaven are given to St. Peter. This authority of binding and losing is given not just to St. Peter alone but to all apostles. In Mt. 18:18 we read: ”Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” How is it possible to believe that this authority is not valid for St. Thomas alone?
6. WHO HAVE FORGOTTEN THEIR FATHER?
The Patriarchal faction accuses that the Catholicose and his faction have forgotten their father. Was it not St. Thomas, who has become father to the Church of Malankara? We read in I Corinthians 4:14-16: “I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. I appeal to you, then, be imitators of mine.” What does this mean? It was Apostle St. Paul, who has preached the Gospel in the Church of Corinth and thereby has become their father. There occurred, however, factions in that Church. St. Paul writes the above given text to them to make them ashamed of their deeds. ’For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you have indeed only one father’, the one, who has become their father through the Gospel. In short, this means that the father of the Church in Corinth is St. Paul. Which Apostle has the right to ask to the children of Malankara Church like this? Is he not St. Thomas alone? Was it not H.H. the Patriarch, who claimed that St. Thomas has no right to be the father? It is not possible to become father without priesthood. Now, was it not the Patriarchal faction, who has denied their true father, the ones, who have forgotten the father?
The Valiya Thirumeni of Aluva of blessed memory, who was the Malankara Metropolitan of Patriarchal faction before 1958, wrote in his last letter as follows: “Dear children! We have commemorated the completion of nineteen hundred years of the arrival and founding of Church in Malankara by the Apostle of India St. Thomas, who was one of the beloved disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now, after the political independence of India and the completion of around five years thereafter, we have conceived in full hope the possibilities of growth to our Apostolic Church” (Kurian Cor-Episcopa Kaniamparampil, p. 89). This also confirms that the Church in Malankara had always claimed the legacy and succession of Apostle St. Thomas.
After having abjected the Apostle St. Thomas to the maximum, the Patriarchal faction has honoured him by sneaking in his name into the diptychs. Recently, his relics have been ceremoniously laid at Mulanthuruthy as well. Are these expressions not just to dunce the children of the Church in Malankara, who are grieving at the dreadful humiliation done at the first saint of Malankara?