The Role of the Petrine Ministry in the Ecumenical Relationship between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church
In the Hymn Onitha d’Mawtwa in Lelya in the Liturgy of Hours of the East Syriac Tradition on Sunday, the Church is praised as follows:
“Lord, save the Church, the symbol of eternal life, Wherein reign peace, beauty and Father’s glory, Perfect is the place wherein the Holy Trinity dwells, With the choirs of angels, bless the Church with shouts of joy, The mankind takes shelter as their beloved mother With the message of the cross this holy abode is ever rich”.
This image of the Church which has been tarnished through centuries-long rivalries, splits and schisms as well as the disunity among the Christian Churches, in spite of the endlessly continuing process of ecumenical dialogue motivated me to embark upon a long journey through the annals of ecclesiastical history in order to contribute to the re-establishment of the glorious image of the Church on earth. The doctoral work I was assigned to, was a long journey for me: a real pilgrim journey through the annals of history, vast arenas of divergent theologies, conflicting ecclesiological and canonical viewpoints, and most often through the desert of endless sand dunes, searching for truth in the midst of conflicting ideas and views. Such an academic voyage is difficult, painful and strenuous for a seeker of truth. I fervently prayed to God, Almighty, to grant me the wisdom to distinguish things objectively and impartially.
I could not have finished this immense work without the selfless help...