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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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Part 1 The Position of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church on Ecclesiology in her ecumenical Relationship with the Catholic Church

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The Position of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church on Ecclesiology in her ecumenical Relationship with the Catholic Church

The Church of St Thomas Christians is the original name of the Apostolic Church of India which was founded by St Thomas, the Apostle. The single Church of St Thomas Christians has been divided into several Churches in the course of centuries due to the colonial intervention of various foreign Churches. The Syro Malabar Church, the Syro Malankara Church, the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church, the Marthoma Church, the St Thomas Evangelical Church, the Malabar Independent Syrian Church and the Assyrian Church of the East in Kerala are the major Churches which originally formed the ancient Apostolic Church of the St Thomas Christians which was founded by St Thomas, the Apostle. Among them the Syro Malabar Church and the Syro Malankara Church belong to the Catholic Church. The most crucial problem among these various Churches of the Indian subcontinent is the lack of unity which is the result of the different ecclesial affiliations due to historical vicissitudes. It caused the emergence of contradicting historical perspectives and the interpretation of the history of the Church of St Thomas Christians from different points of view influenced by the ecclesial affiliations of these Churches.

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church entered into the ecumenical dialogue in the wake of the visit of Pope John Paul II to the Catholicos Moran...

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