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Peace in Malankara

by Very Rev. Mani Rajan Cor-Episcopo

Peace in Malankara - is it a dream?

Is the basic question on faith or temporal powers?

Can H. H. Patriarch have temporal powers - be it on Simhasana churches, Knanaya samudhayam, St. Antony's, EAE, or Dayros at Malelcruz, Piramadam, Manjinikkara, Kizhakambalam. These were disputed since 1958. Where are we now even after the Supreme court Verdict?

1934 constitution is the Bible of the IOC. Do the prisoners know that the temporal powers of the parish properties are with the Metropolitan as per the 1934 constitution? What did the SC observe about the Parish General Body and the constitutions of the parish churches?

I lived with this litigation from the time of my grandfather. The Kunnamkulam Simhasana church case originated in 1959. It is still continuing! I am closely following the verdicts of common cases as well as Simhasana Church cases since 1982. Can I just escape from the litigation which has a history of 51 years?

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

I do not justify litigation, but I felt it difficult to part with the holy tomb of St. Osthatheos Saleeba.

Mani Rajan Cor-Episcopo
Vicar, St. Mary's Syrian Simhasana church,
Arthat, Kunnamkulam.

See Also:

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.

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.

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