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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 3 The Chances for an extensive Rapprochement between the Positions of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church on the Petrine Ministry

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Part 3

The Chances for an extensive Rapprochement between the Positions of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and the Catholic Church on the Petrine Ministry

This part contains studies on the impact of the document OE of Vatican Council II on the Catholic Eastern Churches, especially on the Syro Malabar Church. This analysis in the framework of the Syro Malabar Church assumes great significance because it is the biggest Catholic Eastern Church belonging to the St Thomas tradition in India and it has undergone many centuries of the tortures of the latinization till the epoch-making event of Vatican Council II which re-discovered the Communion Ecclesiology of the first millennium. Such an analysis explores the theoretical and practical changes in the leadership of the Catholic Church concerning the Communion Ecclesiology and the readiness of the Syro Malabar Church to realize it by restoring their ancient original ecclesial heritage in its integrity as well as the amount of success in the process of restoration. The second chapter analyzes the various suggestions made by different Ecumenical Consultations and International Working Groups concerning the Petrine ministry. I would like to make some suggestions for a possible rapprochement between the MOSC and the Catholic Church on the point of the Petrine ministry in the third chapter. ← 313 | 314 →← 314 | 315 →

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