OCP News Service- 8/4/16
Statement by Rt. Rev. Chorbishop Kyriakose Thottupuram of Chicago – Chancellor of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE on the recent conversion of a group Oriental Orthodox faithful to Roman Catholicism through Uniate Movement in India.
Vatican & Uniate Reunion: Indian, Syriac Orthodox & Thozhiyoor Faithful Join Malankara Eastern Catholic Rite:
(If anyone wants to join the Roman Catholic Church, he or she is free to do the same, but using Uniatism as a tool to absorb Orthodox faithful to Roman Catholicism is an absolute violation of the existing understanding and practices.)
Global: In common declarations in Rome or elsewhere, Rome would preach non-uniatism, but Rome in her heart is totally imperialistic. These smaller groups of UNIATES (Eastern Catholics) are rewarded by Rome for their efforts and achievements in bringing more of the “separated brethren” (The Orthodox & Protestants) under the universal jurisdiction of the bishop of Rome. There are agencies indirectly or directly controlled by the Congregation of Oriental Churches (in Rome) that financially support such efforts. We Orthodox are so naïve to believe what the Pope says in his common declaration and communique; we really do not read Rome’s mind or do not know how to read her mind. If what the Bishop of Rome says is sincere and honest in his declarations why doesn’t he revoke the recognition of these oriental rites and demand them to go back to their original Church? If this is not done, never trust Rome. All the ecumenism and “oneness” that Rome preaches is hogwash, and is intrinsically hoggish!.
The Church that Jesus founded was never intended to be governed by ONE central authority from somewhere, particularly from Rome; if it was meant to be otherwise he would have clearly taught it in His gospels or the apostles must have clearly written in their epistles. The thread of unity between local churches was maintained in the early church through one faith, one priesthood, and the Eucharistic communion. For Rome, the theory that the Church should be governed by ONE central authority is a matter of faith and is required for one’s salvation! For us Orthodox, it is an Anathema. Every church should be locally governed by a Synod of Bishops with its elected Patriarch/ Archbishop/ metropolitan as the head of the national Church who runs the day-to-day affairs of his national Church at large while the bishops take care of their local dioceses. Until the second coming of Christ, Rome will continue her imperialistic policy and mislead her faithful; Rome has enough resources for it and immense wealth to financially power her such activities.
All the good relationships, educational scholarships for Orthodox clergy in Rome and in their universities and all other good gestures are not totally with good intentions. Behind every so-called “good work”, Rome’s agenda is conversion to the Roman Church. If they can get one convert in a year they would celebrate it. In America EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) is actively engaged in promoting conversions and highlighting her converts (this TV channel has become available via the internet everywhere in the world).
The sad fact is that the Orthodox Church does not realize this hidden agenda and is even willing to go to any extent to coöperate with the Roman Catholic programs without really understanding the dangers inherent in such activities.
+Chor-Bishop Kyriakos of Chicago
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