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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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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche NationalbibliothekThe Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

Zugl.: Frankfurt (Main), Phil.-Theol. Hochschule Sankt Georgen, Diss., 2013

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataMathew, Biju, 1972- author.The role of the Petrine ministry in the ecumenical relationship between the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church / Biju Mathew (Fr Dhanyananda Oozhikattu MSJ).pages cmOriginally presented as the author’s thesis (doctoral)—Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen, 2013.Includes bibliographical references.ISBN 978-3-631-65460-6 — ISBN 978-3-653-04697-7 (e-book) 1. Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church—Doctrines. 2. Petrine office. 3. Papacy. 4. Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church—Relations—Catholic Church. 5. Catholic Church.— Relations—Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church. I. Title.BX179.3.M35M38 2014280’.042—dc23

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F 42ISBN 978-3-631-65460-6 (Print)E-ISBN 978-3-653-04697-7 (E-Book)DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-04697-7© Peter Lang GmbHInternationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenFrankfurt am Main 2014All rights reserved.Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH.

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