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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 1: The Council Document Orientalium Ecclesiarum with regard to the Catholic Oriental Churches: Theory and Practice

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Chapter 1:  The Council Document Orientalium Ecclesiarum with regard to the Catholic Oriental Churches: Theory and Practice

The Second Vatican Council officially confirmed the status of the Catholic Oriental Churches in the Catholic Church through the document Orientalium Ecclesiarum which was solemnly issued on November 21st 1964. The council document Orientalium Ecclesiarum is revolutionary in the history of the Catholic Oriental Churches which had been considered as mere rites till the Second Vatican Council. OE put an end to the Roman imperialism as well as the Latin colonialism which sought to oppress the Christian Orient ecclesially since the conquest of Constantinople through the crusaders in 1204 and doctrinally and canonically since the Lateran Council IV in 1215. The relevance of OE increases in the light of this background history1005. On the one hand the document OE is an official acknowledgement of the ancient ecclesial heritage of the Oriental Churches which was not sufficiently and properly appreciated by the Roman Catholic Church in the pre-Vatican era. On the other hand it was the official proclamation and recognition of the rights of the Catholic Oriental Churches which were created through “Uniatism” and had to exist as mere “rites” having lost most of their oriental identity through intensive and thorough latinization. The desire of the Catholic Church to restore the dignity and status of the Catholic Oriental Churches is reflected in the document OE. This chapter is an analysis of the positive and negative aspects of the document OE.

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