Good to hear at least somebody saying that we are brothers in faith, believe me I have had worse said to my face.
Please also note that when a frank exchange of views take place , it is not anything personal. You still have my best regards.
My point is this, we have been seeing this spectacle of a barrage of news sites trying to say this priest was secretary of so- and so , was of so & so church and has now joined this new church of Severios.
Both my people and yours have played this game. Everybody knows how close CG Mathews was to the MOC , yet today a lot of people try to show that CG Mathews was Orthodox and "defected". It is some sort of shadow boxing. When somebody says that St Jude was a monastery of the MOC, how am I to perceive it ? St Jude was the personal monastery of someone who was in suspension from the MOC. Is there not a difference? Yuhanon Achen was the personal secretary of Mar Binyamin Osthatheos, had I brought it up , you would have percieved rightly that I was just using this factual information to tarnish the Jacobite church by association.
That is the explanation for my response.
Fact is one of your priests defected, one suspended priest from my side defected and one priest who was Jacobite , then was in touch with one of my Bishops for some time and who was possibly under censure from you also defected. This is the information I have.
Do you think Rev CG Mathews was called to Mar Behnam conference because of the depth of his spirituality? Do you think he had anything good to say when he lectured? How many serving Orthodox priests are called to lecture in Jacobite churches or to address Mar Behanam study circle? So today when we say that this "Orthodox" priest defected should we not also accept that this priest was also in touch with us. Yesterday somewhere it was written Mattathil Ramban was all in all of Mar Makariose, if someone can mention that precious nugget of information then why not also say that CG Mathews achen was in our good books also.
We, you and me included and all our great fighters for our factions are poisoning ourselves and our children with this sort of thing. This dispute is not resolved because of the hardness of our hearts (our only argument is over whether your factions heart is harder than mine)
These guys who defected are like hyenas, what they could not get through the straight way they take in another way.
As I said, God has a way , perhaps he is even acting through this sort of people. Like I said earlier things will get worse before they get better.
Regarding the ordination of Severios, I think we, atleast a very large section of the Church in India have a very poor opinion of the way discipline is meted out by the Patriarch of Antioch. I know you may not like it, but let it be on the table.
Do you think people like Mar Augen Kaplan are entirely innocent, do you think Cor Episcopa Tarzi deserved to be treated the way he was? Is everything so black and white ?
Severios was ordained in certain circumstances, in my post on a open forum , I laid out what I know. I did not defend it then nor do I defend it now. My argument was always that it was done in a way that was not in keeping with the traditions of the Church in India.
From the letter of Severios you know that His Beatitude the Met of Kunnamkulam was not replying to any of his letters for a year . And at the first available opportunity available all relations were broken. Did this Severios visit ever any MOC churches in Europe even in the time , when we were officially in communion?
If the primate of the Independant church of Europe was not allowed to visit or invited to our churches in Europe, what depth of communion was there anyway.
If we start this we will never stop. I dont doubt for a single second that unity will eventually occur , the hows and why's are not known to us at that time. I knew a Jacobite priest who always used to say regarding this dispute that the truth will triumph. I am seconding his prayer, not my will or your will or my argument or your's, let truth shine forth one day. And let it found that atleast some of us have gathered under that banner.