OCP News Service – 7/12/18
United Kingdom: Dr. David G.K. Taylor (Associate Professor of Aramaic and Syriac, Fellow of Wolfson College – Oxford University) stated that those who deny the tradition of St. Thomas denies Apostolic tradition. Professor David was speaking at a conference organized by the Syro-Malabar Uniate Catholic Church at the Bethel Convention Center, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Mar George Alencherry (Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church and the Metropolitan of the Major Archeparchy of Ernakulam-Angamaly) honored Dr. Taylor and Dr. Sebastian Brock (Retired Reader, Syriac Studies- Faculty of Oriental Studies- University of Oxford) at the conference.
Dr. David said that those who deny the tradition of St. Thomas (in relation to the Syriac Churches in India), indeed deny the Apostolic tradition. A large number of ancient texts and literature contains massive details on the apostolic journey of St. Thomas and his ministry in India. Researchers of Oxford and many other leading Universities have published their research findings on the history of the Apostolic ministry of St. Thomas in India.
St. Thomas Christians are Christians from Kerala who trace their origins to the apostolic ministry of St. Thomas. Presently they organized under various jurisdictions (Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Assyrian, Anglican, and Protestant).
The Primate of the Malankara Orthodox Church (Orthodox Syrian Church of the East) is the Chief of the Office of the Catholicate of the East, who is seated on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas. His Holiness Moran Mar Baselios Marthoma Paulose II is the current Catholicos on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas in the East and the Metropolitan of Malankara.
OCP News Service