Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Primate writes to the Catholicose

on Jan 14th, 2012 and filed under Columns, Opinions.

Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Primate Mor Severius Moses writes to His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II, regding the recent decisions taken at their Holy Synod

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10 Responses for “Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Primate writes to the Catholicose”

  1. tewodros says:

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  2. Dear All,
    The decision to consecrate Moosa Gurgan as Bishop by three metropolitans of malankara orthodox church and its ratification by Synod are the most unethical thing took place in church in recent past.
    Its once again proved that may malankara orthodox church has fallen from chruch to a ‘mere organisation’.

    However , all actions have BOOMERANGED on us and we have started paying price for the foolish action happened in malankara orthodox church.

    Almighty GOD is watching over us.

    Mathew Chacko

  3. Mr. Kuttikandathil,

    Thank you for your comments. However, please note that it was Mr. Manu P. Mathew , who did drag the 1934 constitution in this matter.

    Also, I am well aware of the fact that the ordination of Mor Severius Gurgan is no way connected with the 1934 constitution of Malankara Othodox Church.

  4. Mr.Manu, Mr. Panicker, please try to understand that the 1934 constitution of the church is meant for the matters of the Malankara church only whether it is of the election/ordination of bishops or any other things.
    2. Here the extra ordinary ordination which took place was not for Malankara church and the foreigners were not members of Malanakara church .So do not drag the 1934 constitution un necessarily in this matter.
    3. Even though the bishops named by Mr.Panicker was not elected as per the constitution of the church,they accepted the constitution as per the verdict of the supreme court which was a condition to enjoy the status co and the Malankara Association accepted them and they were allotted dioceses by the managing committee/synod.

  5. Mr. Manu P. Mathew/Mr John K. Rajan

    I am sorry for the delay in responding, as my right hand was hurt in an accident.

    1) The ordination of Mor Severius Gurgan as Metropolitan of Antiochian Syrian Orthodox Church (a faction presently based at Germany and opposed to the Patriarch of Antioch) by two Metropolitans (Mar Athanasius & Mar Militius) of Malankara Orthodox Church was neither as per the 1934 constitution of the Church, nor according to the Supreme Court verdict of 1995. However, at a later date, the above ordination has received the acceptance and approval of the Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church!

    2) Likewise, are the 3 Metropolitans belonging to the Jacobite faction (Mar Athanasius, Mar Militius and Mar Nicholovos) who later on joined the Malankara Orthodox Church , were selected and ordained as per the 1934 Malankara Orthodox Church constitution?

    So, in a nutshell, we can see that everything on earth is not run as per the constitution of a Church or a Country and of course, there are always exceptions to rules!

  6. JOHN K RAJAN says:

    Is this church different from Patriarichal faction , are they relevant in kerala ?

  7. Please read 1934 constitution of church.and 1995 verdit statment.

  8. @ Mr. Rakad John,

    1) What I suggested here above was that the Holy Episcopal Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church should think upon consecrating Mor Severius Moses, as the Patriarch of Antiochian Orthodox Church, a division of Syrian Orthodox Church presently based at Germany and opposed to the present Patriarch of Antioch, Zakka I.

    2) This will enable Mor Severius Moses to become a rival to the present Patriarch of Antioch. This action of Malankara Orthodox Church will be in line with what the Patriarch of Antioch has done to Malankara Church, by way of consecrating a rival Catholicose, so as to create a division in the church.

    3) However, my suggestion as above, does not mean that Mor Severius Moses become the spiritual head of Malankara Orthodox Church and he can only lead his Antiochian Church !

  9. Rakad John says:

    Oommen are you suggesting that he bocome our spirutual head. This will be something in the line of 147 churches from Ankamali only having 107 association members.

  10. It is yet not clear, as to what action H.H. the Catholicose Paulose II will take, based on the letter of Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Primate, Mor Severius Moses.

    Any way, one thing is very clear that his consecration as a Metropolitan and his present position as the primate of Antiochian Syriac Orthodox Church, were accepted and approved by the Holy. Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church; although some misunderstandings happened with him later on.

    In view of the present division and all the turmoils created in Malankara Orthodox Church by the past and present Patriarchs of Antioch,
    I am of the opinion that the Holy Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church, should now think upon consecrating Mor Severius Moses as the Patriarch of Antiochian Orthodox Church!

    This will be in line with what the Patriarch of Antioch has done to Malankara Orthodox Church, by way of consecrating a rival Catholicose at Malankara and they should bear the fruits for their wrong action!

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