Dear Mathew, I am in agreement with most of your thoughts. But you cannot blame the IOC alone for the court cases. It should be understood as a continuation of historic events. In the present situation, IOC do have rights in some of the ancient parishes (i.e. if the aim is to have an independent Jacobite church), to use the churches on few Sundays of a month. I am not interested in parting based on majority decision. Church is not pure democracy, rather it is democracy + authority of the Bishop/Synod.
I was not blaming the IOC alone for court cases. I was not even suggesting a permanant parting of ways based on majority in each parish. I was suggesting that there has to be an atomsphere of love and the power struggle has to end. As a temperory arrangement (it may have to last for some time), let the party that has the majority in each parish control that parish.
I don't think our dreams will fulfill if the focus of the two groups is not the same. If Jacobites continue to focus on Petrine primacy, thronal supremacy, universal nature only of Antioch etc. then we do not have a common focus. There is no reason for IOC to focus on these concepts. Unity needs a common focus. If our common focus is to grow in OO faith, then unity is instant - it happens as quickly as possible.
The problem is Paul, more and more I am not sure if we even have a shared dream.
I am thinking of a return to the state that existed in 1964 when Mor Augen was enthroned as Catholicose, that is my dream.
From your posts what I under stand is that your dream is to have a 100% independent Indian Church, and deny any existense of Malankara-Anitoch relationship and ever relationship there was because the corrupt bribing Syriac fathers wanted money from India.
I hear suggestions to slowly modify the liturgy, stop using Syriac nodes in chanting, come up with Hindustani / Carnatic nodes for church liturgy, gradually change the vestments of priests, make it more in line with the Hindu culture of India etc.
I am not saying this is necessarily wrong. The Hindu culture of India is by no means inferior to any other culture. And nowhere does it say that you cant have Orthodox faith and a Hindu tradition.
But there is a very stong section of the Malankara Church who like the West Syriac rite and want to keep it that way. They cherish the relationship with the Patriarch of Antioch. This relationship to Antioch is based on historical reasons and cannot be denied.
I will concede to you that West Syriac rite nor the Patriarchate of Antioch is the crux of Orthodoxy. However you cannot ignore the sentiment of the people and attain unity.
Now what I am suggesting is that no body should accuse the other of RC herecy, or call somene as 'not knowing one's father' for not towing a ultra-patriotic line.
We should focus more on our shared faith, than on differences in hierarchy. We need to let the majority in each parish control that parish. We need to have official announcement removing all schism. Slowly a united synod will emerge. We dont have to wait till a united synod, to stop civil court cases.
Peace and Love first... Full Unity Next..
Mathew G M