The Role of the Petrine Ministry in the Ecumenical Relationship between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church
Ecumenism is one of the most discussed themes in ecclesiastical circles all over the world. It is all the more important today because of the increasing tendencies of secularization, globalization, religious fanaticism, wide-ranging propaganda against the Christian Churches by particular groups, the threat posed against the apostolic Churches by newly established Christian sects. Above all the diminished authenticity of the witness for Jesus Christ in the divided Christendom as well as the divided existence is against the will of Christ who prayed for the unity of his disciples. This doctoral dissertation concerns one of the most momentous and most disputed themes in the ecumenical dialogue of all the Christian Churches with the Catholic Church, namely, the Petrine ministry in the Universal Church. This most controversial and most important theme has been studied in the framework of the ecumenical relation between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church. The three parts of this doctoral dissertation have been an academic journey through centuries beginning from the birth of the Church till today searching and re-searching the notion of the Petrine ministry in the ecclesial traditions of the Roman Church and the MOSC. The biblical, historical, canonical and theological dimensions of the concept of the Petrine ministry in the Roman tradition and the foundations of the jurisdictional papal primacy of the Catholic Church have been analyzed. The concept of the Petrine ministry in MOSC along with its practical application has been examined in the context of the Ecclesiology of...