HH the Catholicos: Love the Church above political, regional interest

Written By: on Sep 29th, 2011 and filed under Church News, Features, News.

‘Prayers empowered and gave us robust hope. Do continue to pray’
‘Fast undertaken as last resort against denial of justice to MOSC’

KOLENCHERY, Kerala : The Malankara Metropolitan and Catholicos of the East Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulos II has emphasised that the main aim of the faithful should be the progress of the Church, terming it as the Lord’s Temple, Bride and Body and continue to pray for a permanent settlement of the Kolenchery issue.

Presently recouping at the MOSC Medical College in Kolenchery, after a strenous eight-day fast strike (Sept 11-18, 2011), the Catholicos issued the first Kalpana, in Malayalam and English, after the issue began.

Moran Mar Baselios Paulos II has called upon his beloved people to continue to pray towards maintaining perfect peace and a permanent settlement on the issue. He quotes from Nehemiah 2:20:- The God of Heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.

Explaining the circumstances under which the fast was undertaken, HH notes that we were compelled to take this extreme step as a last resort when we realised that there was no other way to protest against the denial of justice to the Malankara Orthodox Church and to get justice executed.

The Catholicos notes with deep concern that those who were responsible and expected to help us, did not. Instead, they hurt us. “Inspite of this, the Almighty strengthened our hearts. God is with us. Each one of you are our strength and fortitude. The sacrificed you endured, the tears you shed, prayers you said before God empowered and gave us robust hope.”

The Bull dated September 20, 2011 No 365/2011 expresses sincere gratitude and support extended during the time of crisis.

It notes the support extended to HG Dr Mathews Mar Severios which went beyond the expections of all. The Catholicos thanks all Metropolitans, Priest Trustee Rev Fr Dr Johns Abraham Konatt, Lay Trustee Shri M G George Muthoot, Association Secretary Dr George Joseph, Members of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Christian Association, Members of the Managing Committee, beloved priests, sisters, office bearers and members of various spiritual organisations mainly the Youth Movement members and above all the beloved people of the Church (the crown and glory) who had galvanised their strength through prayers, tears and conditional support.

The Kalpana also expresses its gratitude to the various religious leaders, leaders of sister churches, office bearers of the Kerala Christian Council and leaders from various strata of the society and all those who responded to the issue.

Explaining the reasons for undertaking the fast, the Catholicos explains that the stalemate at St Peter’s & St Paul’s Orthodox Valiayapally was one of the most serious issues faced by the Church during recent times. HH says that the local district administration had denied the legitimate right of worship flouting the recent court order.

It explains that in order to persuade the Kerala government to execute the court order and with firm conviction, determination and reliance on God, HH along with HG Dr Mathews Mar Severious began an indefinite fast from September 11.

The court had earlier in August 2011 categorically pronounced that the Kolenchery Church, its worship centres and the properties that belong to the Orthodox Church are to be administered in accordance with the 1934 Constitution.

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4 Responses for “HH the Catholicos: Love the Church above political, regional interest”

  1. During the last century, Malankara Orthodox Church have produced great sons like, Kandathil Mammen Mappilla, Elanjikkal John Jacob, C.M. Stephen and Dr. P.C. Alexander, all of them have left the world!

    Now it is the time of Malankara Jacobite Church, having gifted with leaders like M/s T.M. Jacob, T.U. Kuruvilla & P.P. Thankachen, upon whose political strength, its cunning leader Shrestha Baba Thomas I, is playing all dirty games!

    Whereas, Malankara Orthodox Church is now unfortunate to have a set of opportunistic leaders, like Mr. Oommen Chandy, Joseph Puthushery & Shobhana George; who would like to be called as Orthodox, but doing nothing good to the Church!

  2. Joshua says:

    It is very sad to see that the orders of the respectable courts are not getting honoured and implemented. I still couldn’t understand the role of mediation, even after the court has given it’s clear verdict on a particular case. If this ( mediation) is allowed today, tomorrow everyone who loses a case in the court ( both criminal & civil ) will demand for the mediation, for getting a favourable/lenient verdict to their liking. If the losing party didn’t had the faith in Indian Judicial System, why they went to the court in the first place? In my opinion, everyone should show the respect to the verdict of the honourable court. The losing party can always give the appeal in the higher courts, and the mistakes, if any, in the previous judgment can get corrected by the appeal court. Instead of this people should not take law in their own hands and create unwanted scenes.

    In this particular case I understand that Orthodox Church is only demanding the implementation of the court order. Government should take immediate steps to implement the court order. Jacobites should honour the rules of the country. After all India is not a “Banana Republic” and “NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW OF THE COUNTRY.” Joshua

  3. Reni Daniel says:

    HH Bava Thirumeni, Mar Sevorios Thirumeni and other Metropolitans showedus by example this slefless love for Church. The faithfull rallied behind them and and we have seen unity of the Chuch liek never never seen before in the hour of cirisis. The Jacobite leaders were rattled, shaking like leaves. Everyone witnesses the power of prayers while the rebel leader thuough continued his yajnam and eventually withdre wit abrupaty without achievung anything. He is now standing on slippery ground and has left his position untenable.

    As Mr A. Mathew pointd we should be wary of politicians. Unfortunately there are dark horses in certian important bodies of our Church who are real agent of politicians in power and they use their clout to wok out the wishes of these political masters and to to show their gratitude for favours received.

  4. A . Mathew says:

    It is the moral duty and responsibility of each and every member of the Malankara Orthodox church to love the church selflessly. Don’t go behind the political leaders who are betraying the church for personal temporary gains by forgetting our church . That will bring nothing good for anyone. Politicians will come and go and they are not permanent . But the church will exist till the second coming of Jesus Christ. We need to have politicians like CM Stephan and E John Jacob who loved the church unselfishly .

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