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Church Politics and Disputes

An Analysis of the Present Legal Scenario in Church - 2007

History of Church Cases at a Glance, Litigation Among the Members of Syrian Christians in Malankara - An Overview

Bar Eto Briro Dr. D. Babu Paul IAS's reply to Babu Kuzhimattom regarding proposed Parumala Jacobite Syrian Orthdox Church and clarifications on the Split in the church

Malankara's Mythical Minefields
Debate between Georgy S. Thomas, Bangalore for Indian Orthodox Church and Very Rev. Kuriakose Moolayil for Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church.

A Suggested Approach to Solve the century old disputes between (Jacobite) Syrian Christians and Indian Orthodox Church
A Prominent Jacobite Priest suggests a Christian approach to solve the church disputes.

Comments on A Suggested Approach to Solve the century old disputes between (Jacobite) Syrian Christians and Indian Orthodox Church
The mystery of salvation through the church is very simple. It is related to our meeting God and establishing a relationship with Him. Our God loved us so much that He created man in His image and likeness. His only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, voluntarily sacrificed Himself for us on the cross out of pure love for us. Therefore we can meet God through Love and Sacrifice.

Tribulations within the Church- Optimistic Approach
Suggestions from an Orthodox faction member as to how to bring peace to the church.

Peace in Malankara
Any out of court settlement will require much deliberations in view of the history of the church cases.

Full Text of Recent High Court Judgement on Mediation

Babu Paul on Church Politics (Malayalam)

Unity and Cross Participation in Sacraments
Everyone wants to settle accounts ‘my way’ and that constitutes the main problem. It is high time that the Church leaders tell those few war-mongers and news-mongers in the church to get lost.

God Unifies and Devil Divides
It is not the dispute between laity which divided Church. Therefore any peace initiatives and unity talks should start at the clergy level.

Church Disputes: A priest’s cry before he closes his eyes
I love God and my church and wish to die in the true faith of my true forefathers passed on to me. I couldn’t digest the century old disputes between two fractions in the Malankara Syrian orthodox community in India and the Diaspora in all over the continents.

The Absurd and Meaningless Fight
If I had to sum up in one word the dispute between factions in the One Holy Apostolic Church, I would call it "absurd". I cannot, with clear conscience, call one Jacobite and the other Orthodox.

What are the hurdles in out of court settlement?

Unity among own people
It is now an accepted fact that the fight is for property and authority. No group takes interest in helping the needy. Jesus appointed servants of church and they have become the masters of church.

Malankara's Mythical Minefields

Debate between Georgy S. Thomas, Bangalore and Very Rev. Kuriakose Moolayil

Issue 1: The church is universal. Therefore, to stress on one's national heritage is unchristian

Issue 2: Autocephaly is an exclusively Byzantine concept and is alien to the Oriental Orthodox

Issue 3: The demand for co-equal status between the Catholicos and the Patriarch cannot be entertained

Issue 4: Even if the concept of autocephaly exists within the Oriental Orthodox tradition, it would serve no purpose in Malankara.

Issue 5: The Indian Orthodox Church is legally an autocephalous entity.

Issue 6: The Catholicos of the Jacobite faction in India is the no.2 in the universal Syriac Church.

Issue 7: The Patriarch enjoys only spiritual overlordship and has no temporal authority over the Indian wing of the Syriac Church.

Issue 8: Throne of St. Thomas was unheard of before the 1970s,

Issue 9: HH Patriarch Abdul Masih II didn't have the authority to consecrate a Catholicos for Malankara in 1912.

Issue 10: Ougen Bava conducted himself in utter disregard to the pledges given by him at the time of consecration

Other Issues
Dr. Babu Paul on Kolencherry Issue
In this scholarly article, Dr. Babu Paul explains the context for the disagreements between the factions and why a lasting solution is not possible from court cases based on history. A Catholic model may be something to seriously think about where Latin Catholics consider the Pope as their immediate head, whereas Malankara and Malabar churches consider their Major Archbishops as their head. But all three groups coexist in the overall umbrella of the Catholic church and submit to Pope as their Spiritual Father. (Article in Malayalam)

Where Do Orthodox Christians Stand?
During these days, we are seeing many unprecedented practices in our Church which, I feel, are against the Scriptures and doctrines of the fathers.

Malankara Orthodox Church Today
A look at the accomplishments of Indian Orthodox Church as seen by one of its members.

My dream of Peace and Unity in Malankara Church
It is a pathetic situation in Malankara Orthodox Church that, instead of preaching gospel and becoming Ambassadors of Christian love and peace, our church leaders are more interested in court cases and spreading hatred among others.

The politicizing of protest
Protest has always been associated with those in the margins, those who have no one to speak for them and those who have no one who cares. So much that the word itself has been an anathema for those in power. The simple usage of the word brings about a feeling of enmity and dissociation with what is constructed to be true and right.

Frictions in Orthodox believers in India
The Orthodox Christians (both factions included) in India continue in the situation to which it has been degraded, reduced and ridiculed, with their irrelevant religious sideshows of factional quarrels and in drastic need to be reformed.

Issues in Kolencherry Church September 2011
Jacobite view (in Malayalam)

Church and Politics
I came to the Orthodox Church with great joy, but now I do believe that I rejoiced at something which I projected on to the Orthodox Church of Kerala and its clergy. It is not their fault, it is mine.

My Reservations on Christmas Caroling
If everybody wants to have caroling which involves acts of pleasures before Christmas, what is the point in having a 'Lent' prior to Christmas?

The zeal for thy house has consumed me
The author takes a critical look at the worship practices employed in Indian Orthodox Church.

The Malankara Church: Orthodox Syrian or Syrian Orthodox?
As far as I know of, there are two major churches in the United States that claim to be Malankara Orthodox. One refers to itself as Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church. The other is the The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. Is it possible that both sides belong to the same church or that both have the right to refer to themselves as Malankara Orthodox Churches.

The Role of Women in the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch
by Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka-I Iwas
The Role of Women is a topic of importance today in our Syriac Orthodox Church which is a deeply rooted traditional apostolic church.” In our presentation, we shall depend upon the Holy Scripture and the tradition of the Church, namely the teachings of the Apostles which have not been recorded in the Scriptures.

God, Trinity and Role of Women in Heaven
There is only manhood and son-ship in Heaven, making it transparently clear that femininity is meant only for the procreation process that is akin to this earth only. Anything thus associated with Heaven has no womanhood or maternity.

Concept of Trinity and the Role of Women in Church
The revelation of the Holy Trinity, through the Bible and then through the reflections of our Church fathers has profound implications for our life today. While the understanding on the Holy Trinity has been one of the most complex themes that has been dealt with, the studies so far by early Church fathers and then of late by modern theologians helps us to understand certain aspects of the Godhead.

Concept of Trinity and the Role of Women in Church - Follow Up
Going against natural selection is the mode of rupturing the fibre of the creation and society. But it is set to happen by woman dominating over man as the Kaliyuga signs which flower 'at the end of days'.

More Articles and Discussions  on the Women's role in Orthodox Church

Are we loosing our Older Generation also along with our Younger Generation?
I think the main reason for such migration is people's loss of faith in the foundation of these Churches- mainly 'Apostolic Succession' and 'Sacraments'. The migrants also point out that they do not need saints as there need to be no one between themselves and God.

Tribulations within the Church- Optimistic Approach
Suggestions from an Orthodox faction member as to how to bring peace to the church.

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