I see that the IOC has a Catholicos designee. Does any of the other oriental orthodox churches (Coptic, Armenian, Ethiopian, Syriac, Eritrian) have a Patriarch designee or Catholicose designee ? Or do you all elect a Patriarch or Catholicose only after the post becomes vacant ?
Mathew G M
In the Armenian Church there is Catholicos Locum Tenens, who is interim head of the Church. I am not sure if this position is same as Catholicos-designee in the Indian Church. I think the Catholicos-designee is selected in the Malankara Association meeting. Due to old age of present Catholicos of the East H.H. Mar Baselius Mar Thoma Mathews 11, the Catholicos-designee (H.B. Mar Thimotheos) assumed the administrative duties of the Church when H.H. is not available.