My Comments on Nun Abuse Issue


I could not keep quite when the issues was handled by the bishop and the Church in an unhealthy manner. So I posted in Facebook the following comments. The first comment was taken by Mathrubhumi TV.

Posted on Facebook on Sept 12, 2018 at 6.22 pm

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അഭിവന്ദ്യ ഫ്രാങ്കോ പിതാവേ! കാര്യങ്ങൾ പരിധി വിടുകയാണു. ഇപ്രകാരം ഒരു ആരോപണം ഉണ്ടായപ്പോൾ തന്നെ അങ്ങ്‌ ധാർമ്മിക മൂല്യം ഉയർത്തിപ്പിടിച്ചുകൊണ്ട്‌ ഏറ്റവും കുറഞ്ഞത്‌ ലീവെടുത്ത്‌ നിസ്പക്ഷമായ അന്വേഷണത്തിനു സാഹചര്യം ഒരുക്കേണ്ടതായിരുന്നു. ഒരു കന്യാസ്ത്രീയും ഇപ്പോൾ പറഞ്ഞ കാര്യങ്ങൾ വ്യാജമായി പറയും എന്ന് ഞാൻ കരുതുന്നില്ല. ഇനി അങ്ങിനെ ആണു എങ്കിലും അത്‌ വ്യക്തമാകുമ്പോൾ അങ്ങെയുടെ യശ്ശസ്സ്‌ വർദ്ധിക്കുകയേ ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നുള്ളൂ. ഇപ്പോൾ അങ്ങെയുടെയും അങ്ങെയുടെ സഭയുടെ മാത്രമല്ല ക്രൈസ്തവ സമൂഹത്തിന്റെയും അതിനും അപ്പുറത്ത്‌ ക്രിസ്തുവിന്റെയും യെശ്ശസ്സിനു കളങ്കമാണു ഉണ്ടാക്കിയിരിക്കുന്നത്‌. ഇപ്പോൾ ഒരു മെത്രാനായ എനിക്കും ആ സഹോദരിയോട്‌ പ്രതിബദ്ധത അറിയിക്കേണ്ടിവന്നിരിക്കയാണു. കാരണം അങ്ങാണു ഇപ്പോൾ പൂർണമായും സംശയത്തിന്റെ നിഴലിൽ.


Further posted on Facebook on Sept 21, 2018 4.27 pm.

അങ്ങിനെ ഒരദ്ധ്യായം അവസാനിച്ചു. സ്ത്രീ പീഢനാരോപിതൻ ഫ്രാങ്കോ മുളക്കൽ അറസ്റ്റിലായി എന്ന വാർത്ത വരുന്നു.
കഴിഞ്ഞ തൊണ്ണൂറോളം ദിവസം നീണ്ടുനിന്ന സമരം പുതിയൊരു ഘട്ടത്തിലേക്കു പ്രവേശിക്കുന്നു. ഇതുവരെ പൊതു സമൂഹം, വാർത്താ മാധ്യമങ്ങൾ, മനുഷ്യസ്നേഹികൾ, ശബ്ദമില്ലാത്തവർ എല്ലാം ഈ വിഷയം നിരന്തര ചർച്ചക്ക്‌ വിധേയമാക്കി. തികച്ചും ഒഴിവാക്കാമായിരുന്ന ഒച്ചപ്പാടുകൾ. എന്ത്‌ ചെയ്യാമായിരുന്നു എന്ന് ഞാൻ മുൻപൊരു കുറിപ്പിൽ പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു. ഇപ്പോൾ പ്രധാനമായും പരിക്കേറ്റത്‌ സഭക്കു തന്നെയാണു. സഭ ചെയ്തുകൊണ്ടിരുന്ന എല്ലാ നല്ല കാര്യങ്ങളും സംശയത്തിന്റെ നിഴലിലോ പാർശ്വത്തിലോ ആയി. അതിനു സാഹചര്യം ഉണ്ടാക്കിയത്‌ ഫ്രാങ്കൊ തന്നെയാണു. പക്ഷെ സഭയുടെ ഉന്നതസ്ഥാനം വഹിക്കുന്നു എന്നു അവകാശപ്പെടുന്ന ഇദ്ദേഹത്തെ സഭ ഉപദേശിക്കണമായിരുന്നു എന്നതിനാൽ സഭയെയും കുറ്റാരോപിതമാക്കേണ്ടിയിരിക്കുന്നു. ‌ചോദ്യം ചെയ്യലിന്റെ രണ്ടാം ദിവസം ഒളിച്ച്‌ ഹോട്ടലിൽനിന്നും പുറത്തിറങ്ങിയ ഫ്രാങ്കോ, അറസ്റ്റ്‌ ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ട്‌ കൊണ്ടുപോകുന്ന മറ്റേതൊരു പ്രതിയെയുമ്പോലെ മുഖം കൈകൊണ്ട്‌ മറച്ചു കാറിൽ യാത്ര ചെയ്യുന്നതു വളരെ വേദനയോടെയാണു ഞാൻ ടെലിവിഷനിൽ കണ്ടത്‌.

പക്ഷെ ഇതിൽ മറ്റുപല കാര്യങ്ങളിൽ എന്നപോലെ ഇവിടെയും ഒരു രജതരേഖ കാണാം. അതിനും കാരണം ഫ്രാങ്കോ തന്നെ. ഒരിക്കലും ഉണ്ടാകില്ല എന്നു കരുതിയ ഒന്ന് സംഭവിക്കാൻ ഇപ്പോൾ സാഹചര്യമുണ്ടായി. നാലു ചുമരുകൾക്ക്‌ ഉള്ളിൽ വീർപ്പുമുട്ടി കഴിഞ്ഞിരുന്ന സന്ന്യാസിനികൾ ധൈര്യം സംഭരിച്ച്‌, സ്വന്തം നിലനിൽപ്പ്‌തന്നെ അപകടത്തിൽ ആക്കികൊണ്ട്‌ പുറത്ത്‌ വരാനും അതിനു വലിയ പിന്തുണ നേടാനും ഇടയായി. ഇത്‌ സഭക്കു മുൻപിൽ വലിയൊരു വെല്ലുവിളി ഉയർത്തുന്നുണ്ട്‌. ഇനി സഭാനേതാക്കളും മുൻനിര പ്രവർത്തകരും കുറെക്കൂടെ ശ്രദ്ധിച്ച്‌ ജീവിക്കണം എന്ന സന്ദേശമണു ലെഭിക്കുന്നത്‌. യൂറോപ്പിൽ ഉണ്ടായ സഭയുടെ പൊതു സമൂഹത്തിലെ അപ്രസക്തി ഇവിടെ ഉണ്ടാകാതിരിക്കണം എങ്കിൽ ഞാനും എന്നേപ്പോലെ ഉള്ള സഭാനേതാക്കളും വളരെ ശ്രദ്ധയോടെ ജീവിക്കണം, പ്രവർത്തിക്കണം, സംസാരിക്കണം, ചിന്തിക്കപോലും വേണം.

തെരുവിലേക്ക്‌ ഇറങ്ങിയ, പൊതു സമൂഹത്തിന്റെ മുൻപിൽ ഈ വിഷയം ഫലവത്തായി കൊണ്ടുവന്ന, സന്യസ്തരെ നിങ്ങളെ ഞാൻ ശ്ലാഘിക്കുന്നു. നിങ്ങൾ ചെയ്തത്‌ എളുപ്പമായിരുന്നില്ല എന്നെനിക്കറിയാം. ഈ വിമോചന ഭാവം ക്രിസ്തുവാണു നിങ്ങൾക്ക്‌ നൽകിയത്‌. സർവ്വ ലോകത്തിന്റെയും വിമോചന സന്ദേശമായ പുനരുദ്ധാനം ലോകത്തെ ആദ്യം അറിയിക്കാൻ യേശു കർത്താവ്‌ തിരഞ്ഞെടുത്തത്‌ സ്ത്രീകളെ ആയിരുന്നു എന്നത്‌ നിങ്ങളുടെ കാര്യത്തിലും ശരിയായി.
ഇനി ഒരുപക്ഷെ കോടതി വരാന്തകളിൽ കയറി ഇറങ്ങി അപ്പീലുകളുടെ തുടർച്ചയിൽ നിയമത്തിന്റെ പഴുതുകളിലൂടെ ഫ്രാങ്കോ പരുക്കേൽക്കാതെ പുറത്തു വന്നേക്കം. എന്നാൽ ഇപ്പോൾതന്നെ ഉണ്ടാകേണ്ട പരുക്ക്‌ ഏറ്റിരിക്കുന്നു, സഭക്കും ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിനും, ഇതു തന്നെയാണു ശിക്ഷയുടെ ഒന്നാം പർവ്വം.

 

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Mission Statement of MOSC


MALANKARA ORTHODOX SYRIAN CHURCH

HOLY EPISCOPAL SYNOD

THE STATEMENT

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church believes that it is the responsibility of the Church to be co-workers with God in the task of transformation and divinization of the whole creation. This is the mission of the Church.

THE VISION

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church understands Church essentially and fundamentally as a worshipping community. In that sense it is the Body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It therefore is in perfect participation and fellowship with Him. This worship carries the whole created world to God in Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. Even though we take the whole created world seriously we believe that humans, created in the image and likeness of God, have a special role to play in this worship. Therefore we would also say that the Church need to be people oriented and not structure or power centers oriented. The object of this worship is “divinization” of humans and transformation of the whole environment of humans created by and under the dominion of God.

THE MISSION

The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church recognizes its God given role in carrying out God’s mission in this world. We, therefore believe that, are called to be a dynamic mission-oriented community. While we gather the strength from worship, we also gather inspiration from the tradition of the Church which is the testimony of the ever continued work of God in history and hence which is open to future. While tradition includes those testimonies of the work of God in the Old Testament, the New Testament and the writings of the Apostles and Church fathers, we also take seriously the continued work of the Holy Spirit even today. Hence, we are bound to take various traditions, cultures, ideologies and communities among humans seriously. The guiding principle of the divinized world is the idea of the Kingdom of God that is already been inaugurated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and waiting for consummation. Since the presence of God is experienced in history, we need to address every change that occurs in fields of religion, culture, science and technology. The Church should respond meaningfully to social, political and economic questions particularly in regard to justice and human rights and help the life of humans qualitatively better every day.

For this task the Church should, first go through a process of self critique, correction and transformation on an every day basis without which it will not be able to credibly challenge the world around. Being divinized through communion with God in and through the liturgical life of the Church, and by personal spiritual exercises, every member of the MOSC is called to be stewards in the world according to God’s plan. We hope with God for a New Heaven and New Earth. In our language we call this ‘the sacramental life on earth.’ This life is lived in Kenotic dynamism or love expressed in suffering and is the ideal methodology for mission.

There are basically two areas of mission: one, internal and two, wider.

  1. Internal mission aims at educating the members of the Church to be disciplined and dynamic and so as to equip them to be better witness to Christ’s saving act. Proper didactic work within the Church is the primary task of the community. Teaching and preaching ministries are taken seriously. Both occur in the context of meaningful worship of the community.

In order to be an efficient witness in every local situation, the Church should undertake initiatives toward indigenization and inculturation in the area of worship, theology, art, architecture, music etc.

The people of the ‘Diaspora’ of the Church require immediate attention. The Church needs to impart its liturgy, faith and tradition in a manner and language meaningful and contextual to them. The Church should also understand the problems of its youngsters and equip them to address them meaningfully and encourage people to take up various responsibilities inside and outside the Church.

Family as the fundamental and basic unit in the society, which is the prototype of Kingdom of God need to be vitalized. Involvement of women in Church’s mission needs to be enhanced and emphasized.

Monasteries have been the power houses of the Church in every area of mission. We hope to revitalize the monasteries considering the changing situations and social context. Life and working patterns in the monasteries need to be freshly evaluated and studied and necessary changes need to be brought in.

 

2. Wider mission aims at serving the created world in general to accomplish the salvific work of God in Christ for the creation. Our method of mission is ‘witnessing’ or martyria (Acts 1:8) rather than attempting for numerical or territorial growth of the Church.

The MOSC has specific role in building and maintaining peace at the level of denominations, religions, communities, ideological groups and nations. Being an agent of peace and reconciliation, the Church is committed to explore ways and means to end all kinds of wars, communal fights, litigations and conflicts which block the effective witness of the Gospel.

We encourage both formal and informal dialogue with people belonging to other Christian denominations, religions, faiths and ideologies for better mutual understanding and co-operation. It would help walk the common pilgrim path, and together explore methods to address challenges of time.

We involve in people’s movements and liberation struggles, expressing our solidarity with victims, especially Dalits and Adivasis to ensure justice, dignity and equality for them. We appreciate the successful work already being done by the Churches and communities and individuals among the poor, the marginalized and the otherwise-abled. We wish to join hands with them in establishing a just society.

The world that was created and found good by God has been made bad by our greed and exploitative attitude and without any sense of true trusteeship. Therefore, ecology has become a genuine concern of the time. We have to correct our attitude and help nature regain its vitality.

Another area for immediate attention is HIV/AIDS, where prevention and awareness programmes need to be initiated along with care and rehabilitation of positive people.

We wish to prioritize the empowerment of women in general and those among the members of the Church in particular. It is the task of the Church to train and equip them and to give them opportunities to be meaningful witnesses.

Establishing a department for relief and natural calamities is part of our wider mission.

We do not consider ‘charity’ as a means of expression of sympathy. It is basically an attempt to empathize. We do not think that simply providing the immediate need is the primary task of the Church, though at certain situations this may be required. Our task, rather, is to create an atmosphere where all can live and work with dignity and in participation so that people can help themselves. So we help people help themselves. Awareness and perspective building is the best way to achieve this.

While the Church disapproves of forceful or induced conversion from any religion or faith or ideology, it reserves the right to accept voluntary and genuine believers in to full membership and communion in the Church under the framework of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution and of the law of the land where ever applicable.

On the basis of what has been already said, we hope that the whole created world would truly transform in to the Kingdom of God. Our mission hopes to have life abundant in humans and in the environment

Mission Board of the Church needs to be reorganized and revitalized in order to identify and inspire persons who wish to witness Christ through the Church effectively in response to the need of the time. Lay ministry need to be given enough importance and individuals need to be encouraged to be effective witnesses in the Church. We should explore and utilize all modern means of communication and networking for more effective witness in this globalized world.

Yuhanon Mor Meletius Metropolitan (Convener)

Funeral of HG Thomas Mar Athanasius


His Grace Metropolitan Thomas Mar Athanasius of Chengannoor Diocese of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church passed away on August 24th, 2018 and was entombed on August 26th, 2018 at St. George Monastery, Othera, near Chengannoor. I was there to pay His Grace my last Respect as a brother metropolitan and also as the Manager of Catholicate and MD Schools Corporate Management. His Grace served the Church as the Manager of the Corporate Management gracefully for ten long years. Great Shepherd go now in peace…

 

Nostalgic Visit to St. James, Sunland


I visited St. James of Sorough Syriac Orthodox Church, Sunland, California once again. This parish with over 300 families all from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan were under my episcopal care from 2009, by the decision of the Holy Synod of Malankara Orthodox Church. They had serious difference with their diocesan bishop over a financial misappropriation issue. They brought the matter before the then Patriarch who did not care to listen to the cry of the parish. They sought the help of Malankara Orthodox Church for episcopal supervision which the Church graciously granted. These 300 plus families had to come out of the Church as the Church building they worshipped was in the name of the bishop. They worshipped in rented facility until 5th Dec. 2011 when they bought a Church of their own under my guidance. I consecrated the Church on Nov. 3rd 2012 and till now they worship in the Church.

In 2014 Patriarch Aprem II Karim was installed and I encouraged the parishioners to approach the new patriarch ask about his readiness to accept them as a separate parish under HH’s direct shepherding (as a matter of fact I had categorically mentioned in my initial Kalpana accepting the parish under my care that when they will have a bishop of their own ethnic and ecclesiastical background, I will retire from being their bishop). The parish had difference of opinion with the local bishop and the former patriarch only. Initially the patriarch was not willing to do that, but later HH accepted the proposal and I joyfully and readily agreed to the change. But the parish was not ready to leave me from being their bishop which I could not agree to. But they requested me to visit them and stay with them for few days when ever I visit United Stated. I accepted their request. Sice last two years I have been visiting them unofficially, stay with the vicar Very Rev. Cor-Episcopo Dr. Joseph Tarzi and go for Holy Qurbana on Sundays to St. Thomas Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Los Angles where Rev. Fr. Yohannan Panicker is the vicar. During my current visit to LA I visited the Church I consecrated with the vicar.

https://yuhanonmilitos.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/consecration-of-st-james-orthodox-church-sunland/

IFTAR MEET 2018


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An Iftar Meet was organized by Thrissur Press Club in Association with Kerala Pathra Pravarthaka Union, Thrissur District Committee on June 9, 2018 at Thrissur Press Club Auditorium

COLT 2018


Annual Meet of Camp of Orthodox Leadership Training (May 27 to June 2), Sophia Center, Kottayam. I spoke on An Orthodox Approach to Biblical Testimony on May 29th. There were 23 young people from all over the country, from various Orthodox parishes. Rev. Fr. Dr. Philip Kuruvilla and Ms. Bibi Kuruvilla organizes this every year and I am a regular speaker in those camps.

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Dadar Meet 2018


I had the privilege of officiating the “Dadar Meet” of Dadar St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral organised as part of it’s celebrations in connection with the completion of 75 years of worship in that city.

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