by Mathew Chacko
Jacobite and Orthodox faction of Holy Church has more reasons to unite than divide. We share the same tradition, same faith (apart from degree of loyalty towards Antioch and Petrine Supremacy), same liturgy, same sacraments, same forefathers..... numerous things in common, which favours unity rather than division. Why there is no discussion about unity? Why some laity and Church leaders are becoming stumbling blocks to unity, when majority favours unity through peace and co-existence? Unity will not happen overnight, a series of favourable actions from both factions can lead to it.
Church division was initiated at clergy level; laity had no choice but take sides in the dispute. It is not the dispute between laity which divided Church. Therefore any peace initiatives and unity talks should start at the clergy level. Let them unite first and rest would fall in place. Though no church is perfect, if our Church simply goes with the flow and fail to set examples - Why should I be part of it?
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.
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.
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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