OCP News Service – 21/6/19
“The path of Uniatism is not the path to walk today.” – Pope Francis of Rome.
Malankara-India: Fr. Sunny Vettikatil, a priest of the Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church in India was absorbed by the Malankara Catholic Uniate Papsist Rite. The so-called ‘reunion’ event is a clear violation of the Papal stand on Uniatism.
In 2016, the Malankara Catholic Papist Rite absorbed around twenty-five families from the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church (Catholicate of the East), Syriac Orthodox Church in India (Patriarchate of Antioch & All-East) the Independent Thozhiyoor Churches (former Oriental Orthodox Church).
After the Second Vatican Council, the Roman Catholic Church stated that the unity with the Orthodox world should come through dialogue and not through the conversion of people, communities from Orthodox Churches to Eastern Catholic Papist Rites.
“It is today clear that the past method of ‘Uniatism,’ understood as the union of one community to the other, separating it from its Church, is not the way to re-establish unity.” From the Russian Orthodox Vatican Joint Declaration (www.ncronline.org).
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.
Malankara Catholic Rite is an Eastern Catholic Archiepiscopal Rite that separated from the Malankara Church in 1930 under the leadership of Archbishop Ivanios.
OCP News Service