Ajesh T Phillip – (OCP Delegate of Indian Subcontinent)
OCP News Service – 27/2/15
India/Kerala/Kottayam: The recent session of the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church has urged unity and reconciliation with the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East. The Synod stated that peace should aim at bringing the disintegrated faithful together in communion and love.
The Church Synod also welcomed the call by His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II – Patriarch of Antioch and All East for unity and peace in Malankara which was made during the Apostolic visit to India in February 2015. The unity and reconciliation between two Orthodox fractions in Malankara is the most important factor.
A protocol is required for peace, hence both fractions should respect the verdict of the 1995 Supreme Court along with the Malankara Church constitution of 1934 which has been ratified accepted by the Supreme Court. Peace should be within the frame work of 1934 constitution and 1995 verdict. Only then there shall be continuity and legality for lasting peace.
The Synod also stated that the Patriarch of Antioch should also recognize and accept the 1995 verdict and 1934 constitution which will lead to dialouge and reconciliation.
OCP News Service