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The Role of the Petrine Ministry in the Ecumenical Relationship between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church

Pater Biju Mathew

This work deals with the role of the Petrine ministry in the ecumenical relationship between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church. The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church traces her origin to the Church of St Thomas Christians, founded by St Thomas, the Apostle who reached the south Indian state of Kerala in 52 AD. The book explores the Ecclesiologies of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the St Thomas Christians of India and the Catholic Church from a dogmatic-juridical-historical perspective. The author tries to mediate between the two Churches in order to support them in the reviewing process of their history and Ecclesiology and re-establishing the unity for which Jesus Christ prayed: «Holy father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one» (Jn 17, 11). The author in his role as mediator makes a few suggestions for solving the problems related to the concept of the Petrine ministry on a universal level in the light of the Communion Ecclesiology of Vatican II, the studies of the various unofficial ecumenical dialogue commissions and the analysis of the experience of the Syro Malabar Church, one of the 22 sui iuris Churches in the Catholic Church.
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Chapter 4: The Position of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church on the Question of the Jurisdictional Papal Primacy of the Catholic Church

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Chapter 4:  The Position of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church on the Question of the Jurisdictional Papal Primacy of the Catholic Church

The MOSC has not yet developed a theology of the Petrine ministry systematically. Why has the MOSC not yet developed the Theology of the Petrine ministry? Firstly the theory of the Petrine ministry has never been part of the Theology of the MOSC and secondly it shows little interest in developing a polemic theology against the jurisdictional papal primacy of the Catholic Church. We do not find any of the theologians of the MOSC dealing with this theme exhaustively. However there are some attempts on the part of the MOSC to present her views about the Catholic Ecclesiology of the jurisdictional papal primacy, as she found it necessary in the context of the Ecumenical dialogue. In fact, the MOSC has not yet presented a comprehensive paper on the theme of the Petrine ministry, but she has made only references to it. The only exception is the paper by Paulose Mar Gregorios on the biblical foundation of the Jurisdictional Papal Primacy in one of the consultations of the Ecumenical Dialogue of the Pro-Oriente in Vienna. It seems that the MOSC is not interested in developing a polemic position against the ecclesiastical principle of the jurisdictional papal primacy of the Catholic Church only for the sake of presenting it in the Ecumenical Dialogue between the MOSC and the Catholic Church. I am dealing with the position of the...

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