25th February 2018 has become a milestone in the history of Church Citizens’ freedom struggle from within Syro-Malabar Catholic Church. Since its inception as an independent Eparchy, in 1992, SM Church Citizens were unhappy. The prelates not only deprived the laity of all their rights over their hard-earned properties but also pushed in new faith rules and strange rituals including the introduction of Manichaean cross in the disguise of Marthomman heredity. Pay, Pray and Obey became the rule of the Church. Power crazy Bishops roamed all around with practically senseless estate managers – the recent Ernakulam developments prove this point. Everywhere in the SM kingdom there were uprises, and some still continue. Kerala Catholic Church Reformation Movement is the strongest of the Laity groups, with a branch in USA too. They run their own blogspot, online news portal and a popular monthly magazine – Sathyajwala (http://almayasabdam.com/sathyajvala/sathyajvala-2/ to download previous issues). As Charismatic fellowship grew strong, the number of blind believers also grew. The laity was split and they could not advance much.
Everywhere outside Kerala, SM Bishops were chasing the NRIs with a deadly warning that they are bound to follow an SM life as the Synod instructs. The Delhi people could not contain the joint Pastoral decree issued in Delhi Churches ordering all Delhi SM origin catholics to register immediately under Faridabad SM Eparchy. They rose up in unity, but the Faridabad Bishop was not ready for any adjustment. They finally forwarded an appeal to Pope Francis. Last year, the Delhi people received the Vatican decision with great applause. The Cardinal-in-charge responsible for the Oriental Churches said that no amendments were required here and meant that SM prelates were misinterpreting the Canon. Vatican permitted Delhi Catholics to continue being members in the same Latin Church they were accustomed to.
The new diocese of Shamshabad also resorted to the Faridabad policy of compulsory obedience. There, the Ahmedabad SM Catholics decided to stay united and fight for their right to continue in the Latin Rite churches where they are members. On 25th February 2018, they assembled in the Food Graphics Conference Hall in Thaltej, Ahmedabad. The hall was fully crowded.
SMC4U (Gujarat) was declared that day. However, their appeal was practically ignored, though responded with sweet usual church phrases. Till date, Bp Mar Thatil has not given SMC4U a date to listen to their woes. At the same time, the team continued receiving support from not only the whole of Ahmedabad but also from other areas of Gujarat state. Words of support and encouragement flowed in from all corners of the world. Finally SMC4U has decided to fight for the rights of the entire SM Church Citizens’ community.
SMC4U has been sharing their views through DUCs (Daily Unity Capsules). They are question answer capsules. All the 26 DUCs issued so far are given below. Pleae read and decide.
(In the picture see a click from the first SMC4U meeting held in Food Graphics Conferance Hall.)
Note: the Malayalam scripts given along are only translations of the English DUCs
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-1:
Myth: SMC4U (Guj) is working against Syro Malabar Church and the Church authorities?
Reply: Absolutely not! Members of SMC4U are proud of their rich Syro- Malabar tradition and patrimony. We accept and respect Papal declaration on the erection of Shamshabad Diocese and the appointment of Mar Raphael Thattil… Our consistent stand since late 1970s, both from within MACAF and outside, is that each Syro Malabar faithful should get pastoral care of liturgy and sacraments in Syro Malabar Rite. In fact, the chaplaincy of Fr Antony Myladil and the appointment of Fr Kuriachen as Episcopal Vicar, are the result of this persistent stand. We unambiguously assure each member of the community that this policy will never be diluted.
Note: The only difference is that the local diocese happily provide these things, and we live happily as ever in Unity!! So, there is no place of hatred or divisive/ destructive agenda
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-2:
Myth: If SMC4U recognises the creation of Shamshabad Diocese and appointment of Mar Raphael Thattil, why this demand for maintaining status quo with Ahmedabad Diocese?
Reply: Both are two distinct subjects, and should be understood accordingly.
First, there is no reason to object to the Papal decision of creating any number of dioceses or appointing bishops. And we are no exception!
Second issue is a little complex and should be understood in proper perspective. Historically, for almost 20 centuries, SM Church never worked as a missionary church and remained within Kerala as its original jurisdiction. It was in late 1960s Church moved out of Kerala. Since then migrants, like us, have been its main source, target and strength.
SM migrants settled in various towns and cities have profoundly merged themselves with the local Latin Dioceses in liturgy and sacraments. In some places, they received pastoral care in Latin Rite. But in most places (e.g. Gujarat) they received pastoral care in SM Rite with SM Priests specially appointed for them (e.g. Kuriachen and all others).
While erecting new dioceses in such migrant areas, Pope has allowed certain special provisions for all the faithful. Accordingly, a Syro Malabar Catholic settled in Gujarat have two options; both of which are completely legal and valid for the whole Universal Church.
1st option:- We can continue with the local Latin Diocese in the same way as we were in the past. In this cases, local bishop has the duty and responsibility to give us priests and all other arrangements in SM Rite!
2nd option:- Join the new diocese and stop all present attachments within the local Latin diocese.
And, we, the Syro Malabar community of Ahmedabad unanimously choose Option-1 for the reasons which are specific and unambiguous🙏
Note: Watch out DUC-3 to know why we stand for first option. …Also to come, are the procedures and validity of various church certificates and documents, contributions, church constructions and many more!!
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-3:-
Myth: Why SMC4U stands for Option-1, that is, to remain continued with local Latin Diocese? Won’t it jeopardise our future collaboration with other SM dioceses or our repatriation to Kerala, on matters of marriage, onward migration, etc?
Reply: Let the answer also be in two parts!
First part, reasons for choosing Option-1 is not only emotional and sentimental, but it is a conviction and an attitude of a community! For those first generation elders, it is a gratitude to a mother who fed, nurtured, and cared them in their days of struggle…Gratitude to the church and priests who spent their prime time and energy for their spiritual care, educational support, social and economic growth, which all helped them to set their foot firm in alien land, and changed the colour from blue to white. For them, anything beyond Option-1 is like leaving their aged mother in an orphanage!! Or like abusing the parents who brought them up even out of scarcity!!
For the second generation, it is a conscious decision, passionately taken upon feeling the beauty of Unity which they lived through their lives. They were accepted by the local church and clergy without even letting them know their origins or difference !! ….And for the 3rd and next generations, anything beyond the existing beauty or anything that divides the fellowship in the community, is incomprehensible, senseless and just fanatic! They live in an open world and see the tricks and frauds that happen around them in the name of liturgy, tradition, Rites, hegemony and right wing extremism! They need no interpreters or attorneys to understand what is legal, logical and reasonable!! For them Option-1 is not an option, but their दिल की धड़कन !!
Anybody who claims having gained power and position outside the above growth-story, are paradropped with hidden agenda !!!!
Since SMC4U represents the vast majority that comprise all generations as above, the choice of Option-1 is purely voluntary and just ‘natural’!!
Now, second part of the question.. any propaganda against invalidation of any certificates issued by local Latin Diocese as part of the arrangements under Option-1 are factually and legally wrong, hence intended to be misleading!! In fact, Holy See describes the attitude of choosing Option-1 as "praiseworthy"👍 As per the Papal directions, sacraments received by SM faithful from Latin Church are fully valid. It is unambiguously directed that, in such cases, Latin Pastor has to inform the SM Pastor about the sacraments including marriage, and the SM Pastor has to accept the same and notify them in their records. Pope has vehemently insisted that all such inter-Church documentations should be prompt and the procedures should be seamless 😊Issues concerning cases involving repatriation back to Kerala are evidently solved with such inter-diocesional documentation… Hope things are clear 🙏
Note: Watch out tomorrow on a question regarding SMC4U stand on Church construction, ongoing census and demand for monetary contributions!
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-4:-
Myth: What is SMC4U take on the ongoing community census, demand for monetary contributions for new church construction, etc.?
Reply: First community census!! A few years ago, the number of SMC members in Ahmedabad was reported as 30,000!! It was a time when a separate SM Diocese for Ahmedabad was demanded by a group!! MACAF Jubilee Directory-2008 burst the bubble!! Since then SMC authorities are being told that the number is 15,000! Leave it all, don’t you think that the best authority to give the actual number is Fr Kuriachen? If yes, believe this…he gives it as ‘550 families’. So the realistic number of members is 2,500!!
So, if the so called census is a mere head count, fine! But here it is done with a hidden agenda of unscrupulously “enrolling” for Option-2 (Shamshabad direct administration). Therefore, SMC4U is against it!
Now Contribution and Church construction…. SMC4U doesn’t endorse avoidable overlapping of jurisdiction. There is absolutely no need to construct new churches in the areas where we already have a Latin Church which we continue using as part of Option-1. But SMC is welcomed to construct new churches in newly developed areas, which are far from present churches. (e.g. Adalaj, Ognej, Hatijan, Pirana, Santej, Prantij areas of Ahmedabad.) Such churches can also be used by the Latin faithful living in those areas, in the same way we use theirs. Surely, we will contribute for such constructions.
And on forceful contributions in the name of canonical expulsion, sacrament ban, etc…SMC4U wants an ROFLMAO !!
Note: Next in the line…If the appointment of Fr Kuriachen stands cancelled with the creation of Shamshabad diocese, how can the appointment of other priests in local parishes (e.g. Thaltej, Loyola, Navrangpura, Maninagar, etc) still considered valid?
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-5:-
Qn: If the appointment of Fr Kuriachen as the Episcopal Vicar stands invalidated with creation of Shamshabad diocese, how can be the appointment of other priests in local parishes [e.g. Thaltej, Loyola, Navrangpura, Maninagar, etc] still considered valid??
Reply: As already stated earlier, creation of Shamshabad Diocese and consequent appointment of Fr. Joseph Pulavelil as Syncellus (Episcopal Vicar) for Gujarat, has invalidated the appointment of Fr. Kuriachen as the Episcopal Vicar for those Syro Malabar members who choose Option-2, i.e. to switch over from the present set up within Ahmedabad Diocese to the direct administration by Shamshabad Diocese.
Validity and continuity of priests serving in other local parishes [e.g. Thaltej, Loyola, Navrangpura, Sabarmati, Maninagar, etc.] is only a temporary arrangement made by Shamshabad Bishop for those who choose Option-2. Mar Raphael Thattil has already clarified this position in his circular dated 26.02.2018 and the video message. Therefore, evidently, appointment of all these priests will be cancelled as soon as separate churches and parishes are established and separate priests are appointed by Shamshabad Diocese. SMC4U feels pained to this use-and-throw policy! 😢
However, Fr. Kuriachen is still the Episcopal Vicar for those who chose Option-1, i.e. who remain with Ahmedabad Diocese as per the structure that exists since 70 years, as his appointment has not been cancelled by the Bishop of Ahmedabad who appointed him. Similarly, the present set up of priests serving in local parishes will also continue for the SM faithful who choose Option-1. There will not be a displacement of these priests, which has been assured by Archbishop Thomas Macwan during his meeting with SMC4U.🙏
Tailpiece: Since construction of 10-12 churches within the city is not an easy task, the faithful who choose Option-2 should soon get ready for settling down in residential flats or private properties, on the lines of "Thaltej Bishop's House" and greet each other with Hari Om!!
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-6:-
Qn: What is wrong in purchasing residential flats or private properties for liturgical purpose? Why SMC4U objects it?
Reply: Let us take up a small bunch of identical questions which will blow the lid off mumbo jumbo talks !! .. What is wrong in considering the local churches as also the personal parishes of SM Church? What is wrong in going to Latin Churches and offering SM liturgy and sacraments there? What is wrong in administering sacraments by SM Priests who are working in Latin diocese or Jesuits Society or such other congregations, not managed by SM Church? What is wrong in celebrating Holy Mass and other liturgies in the manner as celebrated by half of SM Church, and why to insist a particular rite adopted by a few Kerala dioceses? What is wrong with the cross and crucifix that adored our churches since ages known, and also now kept in half of our dioceses, and why to insist that all existing crucifix and cross should be replaced with a particular one? What is wrong in constructing SM Churches only in the areas where there is none today, and also using such churches by all Catholic denominations for their liturgical needs?… Though the list is endless, our answer is single: "Nothing Wrong" !! That is what all SMC4U stands for !!
Now, what is that actually SMC4U objects? Answer is: Opaque and Cloudy deals!! Do we need a better example, than the land deal row which now shakes the throne of our MAB Mar George Alencherry?
SMC4U has been consistently speaking for transparency in dealing with public money; money that is contributed by the people in the name of SM Church! We do not support if a few sycophants who collect millions of rupees and park it in the name of some newly created trust under their own trusteeship, wherein SM Church has actually no role to play!! We condemn cases if private properties are purchased and registered in the name of individuals, by showcasing it as Church Property and then asking the faithful to contribute towards payment of EMI and maintenance!! The issue acquires significance and seriousness, when such places are projected by Church Authorities as their official residences, bishop's house, place of worship, etc. where they even celebrate the all important Chrism Mass!!
Note: There may also be a question as to why it hurts SMC4U…! It hurts because, SM Church is nobody's private property which could be registered in their own name!! It hurts because the Church Authorities do not smell the rat, even after creating a world record of embarrassment at the Headquarters itself !!
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-7:-
While we welcome and appreciate 👍the prompt response from Mar Raphael Thattil which appears to be pragmatic and prejudice-free, we respectfully 🙏disagree the statement by His Lordship in letter dated 12.03.2018 that nobody raised these issues till date, despite giving ample opportunities to express the viewpoints during his frequent visits to Ahmedabad/Gujarat !!🙏 Let these pictures speak the story!!
During this interactive session which took place in Bishop's House, Ahmedabad and lasted for more than an hour, the delegation had put forward our community's concerns against any division, and also opined against construction of new churches with overlapping jurisdictions…The delegation also offered support for a unified community building with need-based constructions☺️😊☝️
DAILY UNITY CAPSULE (DUC)-8:-
Issue: The following part of DUC-5 was found quoted by WhatsApp Swayamsevaks today with clarifications from their chief, and celebrated by the bhakts !
"However, Fr. Kuriachen is still the Episcopal Vicar for those who chose Option-1, i.e. who remain with Ahmedabad Diocese as per the structure that exists since 70 years, as his appointment has not been cancelled by the Bishop of Ahmedabad who appointed him. Similarly, the present set up of priests serving in local parishes will also continue for the SM faithful who choose Option-1. There will not be a displacement for these priests, which has been assured by Archbishop Thomas Macwan during his meeting with SMC4U.
Tailpiece: Since construction of 10-12 churches within the city is not an easy task, the faithful who choose Option-2 should soon get ready for settling down in residential flats or private properties, on the lines of "Thaltej Bishop's House" and greet each other with Hari Om!!"
Their clarification: "1. On the eretion or establishment of new Diocese by the Holy father for for Syro Malabar faithful who were under the Latin bishops, the care taking authority which the Latin bishops were having earlier under the then arrangement, the Holy catholic then had, and the said arrangement came to an end by the establishment of a new diocese for Syro Malabar people who were under Latin dioceses, and automatically the entire Syro malabar people has come under the new Diocese and new bishop. Holy father’s letter says “ a member of the Syro Malabar faithful, by virtue of the same law, is also a member of parish where, he or she is domiciled (code of canons of the Eastern churches, can, 280(1)”. Therefore every Syro Malabar faithful is a member of the Syro Malabar parish under the new Syro Malabar Diocese. However if some one wish to remain with Latin church or even join the Latin church after following the procedures provided therein, they can do so , and the Latin bishops or his priest can take care of their spiritual needs under Latin rite. Latin bishop cannot appoint an episcopal Vicar or priests for Syro Malabar people who opting to remain with Latin parishes. Therefore no Latin bishop will step in to the shoe of Syro Malabar bishop and canonically such arrangement cannot be done by Ahmedabad bishop or Archbishop of Gandhinagar under the law. Therefore the say that Archbishops has assured for the appointment of Syro Malabar priests who would remain with the Latin parishes, is false and misleading. Those who made such statement may be asked to produce such an assurance in writing from the Latin bishops. The statement circulated is a total misrepresentation to misguide people. If the above my statement is wrong or otherwise, any priests those who are working for Syro Malabar people basically from Latin Diocese and or any Latin congregations can correct me. I say that No priests will get authority over Syro Malabar people domicile of the area of Shamshabad Diocese and under the jurisdiction of its respective parishes, unless present bishop of Shamshabad authorise them. No bishop other than bishop of Shamshabad has spiritual authority over the Syro Malabar people within the territory of Shamshabad diocese.
2. In response to the tailpiece , it is a tailpiece and doesn’t warrant a clarification as they are seems to be from a person with hatred and lack of common sense. However it is clarified that bishop house at Thaltej is the official regional residence of bishop of Shamshabad, whether some one accept it or not. Those who are ashamed of the present house or set up for the Diocese are welcome for an alternative to it, an independent bishop house for the bishop of Shamshabad."
Our Reply:- First, thanks for this opportunity for clarification 🙏 Happy that only these two points from the 20-odd issues handled by DUC were found unacceptable or misleading by the self proclaimed godfathers of SM church. 👍We are also happy that even the above clarification unequivocally accepts the facts relating to Option-1 (that the Syro Malabarians can remain with the existing Ahmedabad Diocese even after Shamshabad Diocese is erected..!!) 😀Now, the key objection is about the continuity of Fr. Kuriachen as the Episcopal Vicar for those Syro Malabarians who chose Option-1…
Fact:- ☝️The Code of Canons, Catechism of Catholic Church and Vatican-II unambiguously provide that the Pastors of Catholic Church (without any discrimination of individual sui juris churches or rites) have the supreme and divine responsibility to provide pastoral care to the Christian faithful in their charge. Therefore, Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar Bishop, under whom the charge is entrusted for the pastoral care of Syro Malabarians who chose Option-1, has the authority and responsibility to give such care.
Law:- ✍️Now, please read Canon 383 of Code of Canon Law, which reads as under:-
"Can. 383 §1. In exercising the function of a pastor, a diocesan bishop is to show himself concerned for all the Christian faithful entrusted to his care, of whatever age, condition, or nationality they are, whether living in the territory or staying there temporarily; he is also to extend an apostolic spirit to those who are not able to make sufficient use of ordinary pastoral care because of the condition of their life and to those who no longer practise their religion.
§2. If he has faithful of a different rite in his diocese, he is to provide for their spiritual needs either through priests or parishes of the same rite or through an episcopal vicar."
Point:- 👌I am sure, none of the members of this group would require an advocate to interpret the above §2 which gives unconditional power to the Diocesan Latin Bishop to appoint an Episcopal Vicar exclusively for Syro Malabarians who choose Option-1 by entrusting themselves under his charge of pastoral care. And Can. 479 §2 gives full authority to such Episcopal Vicar over the faithful for whom he was appointed….!! The matter ends here! 🤝
Regarding tailpiece:- There was no clarification at all from the chieftain, except measuring our common sense! The official website or records of Shamshabad diocese nowhere mentions any Ahmedabad Lady's flat as the ‘Bishop House for the Bishop of Shamshabad’ or as the Headquarters of Gujarat Syro Malabar Church. Nor we think that our Church is so reprehensible! If such a unique recognition has been imparted by the proper authority, they should show it to the people, instead of calling them names of or sniggering at the facts!
On challenge:- Nobody has been given charge as godfather of Syro Malabarians of Ahmedabad/Gujarat. People have the strength and resources to build a 100 Bishops House if they find it a genuine need. They only need such deals to be not dubious but transparent! Even the MAB finds it difficult to explain the clouds hovering over his throne!!
Note: We will take up the matter with the authorities to know if the words personal references used in the so-called clarification conform to the official line of diocesan pastoral council.
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-9:-
Qn: Why SMC4U has an inclination towards Latin Church even while asserting their pride of being Syro Malabarians ?
Reply: We have a definite answer! But is their an answer to, "why a few hyper-traditionalists feel annoyed even on the thoughts of Latin Church and its clergy?"
SMC4U never said that any Syro Malabarians should leave their faith and tradition, and embrace membership in Latin Church! Indeed, we have made it clear that canonically, a Syro Malabarian cannot change his Rite, and with creation of Shamshabad diocese, they become natural members there. Our Option-1 is all about technical membership and entrusting them our pastoral care well within the four walls of law and Papal Directions. Therefore, the so called inclination is nothing but an expression of “Gratitude and Obligation”
Gratitude for accepting our elders who migrated here 70 years back, and for helping them as their own fellowmen ! Obligation for giving us pastoral care in the language and liturgy of our hearts !! Gratitude for nurturing us to grow as a community in unity and fellowship, without letting us even think of our roots or difference !! Obligation for appointing dedicated Pastors like Fr. Antony Myladil, Fr. Kuriachen, Fr. Binu and a long line of Jesuit Priests, exclusively for our sustained spiritual growth !! Gratitude for allowing use of their churches, schools, cemeteries and all infrastructure without a question ever asked !! Obligation for giving assured admissions to our children which made us economically and socially an independent and respectful community!! Gratitude for supporting our youth to excel as leaders and performers in an age of cut-throat competition !! In short, ‘obligation and gratitude’ for making us what we are today!!🙏
Friends, how many of us, who honestly introspect our past, can forget the mentorship received from them towards our individual and collective growth? How many of us can brag that we would have been better today without their succour?
Now, does anyone from us think that Latin Church is our enemy?! I definitely know a strong group in Central Kerala, which try to impose chaldeon patrimony upon Syro Malabar Church, says so and teaches it !! Should we allow them to use our fellowship as their launchpad to fire shots of hatred and contempt?
And, take a look at those who vociferously abuse the local diocese and impose a vertical division. Either they carry grudge on personal failures or false clashes! Or they reached Gujarat when the fruits of our fellowship was ripe enough to enjoy!! Those who realized their talents on the stages set by the local clergy in schools and colleges, are radically indoctrinated and run like human bombs to explode with divisive agenda!! What is their difference with terrorists who grow their might on our soil and live abroad to fund for destruction of our Nation?!?
Yes, SMC4U and the Syro Malabar community of Ahmedabad has a leaning towards its mentors, for they were nothing short of our guardian angels! ☺For, we have been brought up by parents who taught us compassion and gratitude! While we pity on those who could not form part of those struggling days, we condemn those who nurse a grudge against them to settle scores!!
Note: A community which proudly upheld their faith and tradition in their own language, liturgy and Rite for 70 years, by remaining within the domains of local diocese, very well know how to bring up their children; how to maintain equilibrium in their spiritual lives; and what culture their next gen should imbibe !! They need no godfathers whose divisive agenda is crystal clear !!☝️
Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-10:-
Qn: SMC4U states that continuity of the present SM priests working in local parishes [e.g. Thaltej, Loyola, Navrangpura, Sabarmati, Maninagar, etc.], is only a temporary arrangement for those who chose Option-2 [i.e. switching over to direct administration by Shamshabad]. However, the festal leaflets and other notices published by these churches indicate their position as Parish Priests of Syro Malabar Parish. Then, how can they be considered as temporary?
Reply: First, we still reiterate that the pastoral care provided by the local diocese and its churches/parishes to the SM faithful who chose Option-2 is purely a temporary arrangement !! In fact, this temporary arrangement is only for sharing the building/premises as allowed by the local diocese on a request by Mar Raphael Thattil. This will be in force only till the date when such Syro Malabarians build their own parishes and churches. This is clearly evident also from the circular dated 26.02.2018 and the video message issued by Mar Raphael Thattil.
The priests who are providing such pastoral care in these local parishes were originally appointed by the Bishop of Ahmedabad. Their appointment is within the domain of Latin Diocese and the under the authority of Ahmedabad Bishop. They are specifically designated as "Assistant Parish Priests [of the respective Latin parishes] in charge of the Syro Malabar faithful residing within its areas". They can never claim or function as Parish Priest for Syro Malabar Diocese !! And the leaflets and notices printed this way is only an illusion of those who run their sinister campaign for community division. The fact is that as on date, Shamshabad Syro Malabar Diocese has not erected/established any SM parishes/churches in Ahmedabad and not appointed any Parish Priest. Therefore, there is no ambiguity on the consistent position of SMC4U.
NOTE: This is an art of manipulation! This is blindfolding an entire community by a few with vested interests!! You know how such things happen in Ahmedabad !! Beware, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but enter through the backdoor, is not well-intended !!
18.03.2018: Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 11:-
Qn: There has been some responses with reference to DUC-7 which portrayed a MACAF delegation meeting Mar Raphael Thattil! Some asked, if MACAF and SMC4U are one and the same group? Another said MACAF being a ‘cultural association’, has nothing to do with the mission of Mar Raphael Thattil!!
Reply: ✍️Both the above responses indicate their complete ignorance about the rich tradition of a large Christian community!! 😀
👍Those who create associations and trusts on weekly basis, just to remain president and to open and operate bank accounts, can never understand what is MACAF!! Those who work day and night to destroy and divide a unified community, can never understand what is Fellowship!! …But, SMC4U is proud of being part of that fellowship.☝️
Our community knows MACAF for 35 years… They know that MACAF is their attitude !! It is their passion!!☺️
Efforts were also made way back in 2007 to brush MACAF as a "cultural association" with a hidden agenda to keep it away from meeting Mar Gratian Mundadan, the then Apostolic Visitator for Syro Malabar Migrants on his visit to Ahmedabad!! No doubt, the present response also must have been drafted by these same elements with same interests!! 😁
Now, a flash glance through MACAF's archives…. ✍️
☝️1977 : Mar Antony Padiyara, First Major Archbishop of Syro Malabar Church and the then Apostolic Visitor to the Syro Malabar Catholics visited Ahmedabad to inquire about the pastoral care for the faithful. Malayalee Catholic community, under the leadership of their Chaplain, Fr. Antony Myladil gave him a rousing welcome. His reply speech is still famous among the elders; "Coming from Manimala to Maninagar, I feel homely as I find no difference in the pastoral care for Syro Malabar community!!"
☝️1992 : When the voice of divisive elements within the Catholic Church was at its peak, MACAF had submitted a memorandum to His Excellency George Zur, then Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to India on November 27, which stated: "We do believe that Catholics are one…. and there should not be cause for division based on rites and regions". The print media including SAR News published it with great importance!
☝️1994 : Following the sudden demise of Fr. Antony Myladil, our community felt orphaned without a shepherd. It was then that MACAF met Bishop Stanislaus Fernandez SJ with their grievance. Consequently, Fr. Kuriachen was appointed exclusively for the pastoral care of our people. Years later, he was appointed Episcopal Vicar for Syro Malabarians.
☝️1995 : A MACAF delegation met the Bishop and Jesuit Provincial in August, 1995 requesting permanent posting of priests in the major parishes of Ahmedabad to cater the growing needs of pastoral care of our community. The result is what is seen today in more than six parishes of the city!!
☝️2007 : MACAF felicitated Mar Gratian Mundadan, the then Apostolic Visitator for Syro Malabar Migrants in Ahmedabad. A delegation of all past leaders of MACAF had a meeting with the visiting Bishop and explained the facilities enjoyed by Ahmedabad Syro Malabar community from their local diocese and parishes.
☝️Again, MACAF has held reception and felicitation of Mar Gregory Karotemprel CMI and Mar Vijay Anand Nedumpuram CMI, both of whom remained Chairmen of Commission for the Pastoral Care of Syro Malabar Migrants..
👍None of the above dignitaries or authorities have ever thought that MACAF is only a “Cultural Association”!! But, they knew that MACAF is the community !!! They knew MACAF is their representative body!! And its voice is their heartbeats!! वह मन की बात नहि, गण की बात है !! …👌
MACAF works from the hearts and minds of the community; not on WhatsApp!! 😄
NOTE: Friends, who want to kill or demean MACAF ? 😠Only by those who find our Unity and Fellowship as real hurdles for imposing their divisive agenda !! Only those people can ask about the link between MACAF and SMC4U !! You don't need a clue..!!🙏
19.03.2018: Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-12:-
Qn: The text of a question received: "It is being communicated in few parishes very clearly that all those who do not want to submit the Census form, which is being circulated among SM community, need to give in writing that they would like to continue with the local Latin rite. Thereafter it will go to the bishop of Shamshabad diocese and it will be announced in the parish and among SM community that henceforth he will not be belonging to SM community anymore. Also it is communicated that from next year onward all the sacraments such as baptism, communion, etc will be done separably for SM community under Shamshabad diocese not with Latin community….What is the relevance of the Census form which is circulated? Is it distributed among all the SM community residing in Ahmedabad? These are my doubts and can you give some clarity?"
Reply: A number of members have raised similar concerns on the ongoing coercive census..!!
The simple answer: It is totally illegal to conduct any such forceful exercise… It is illegal not only in the eyes of Canon Law and any principles acknowledged by the Catholic Church, but it is Illegal in civil law too ! The letter of Bishop Oswald Lewis, Bishop of Jaipur which was published in this group on 16.03.2018 tells it in clear words !!
To those who burn their night lamp to contradict/clarify the DUCs.. We dare you deny doing it !!
And to those who look forward to SMC4U…
Nobody is required to declare in writing as to whether they should continue with Latin Church (Option-1) or to Switch over to Shamshabad (Option-2)! It is for the respective parishes to maintain records of the parishioners!
No Bishop (or even Pope) can announce in any Church/Parish that those who did not give such written declarations are not belonging to SM community. [Whether you continue with Latin Church or whether you switch over to the direct administration of Shamshabad, you always remain as a Syro Malabar Catholic. Nobody can change this status in life or in death !!]
Since years, Syro Malabarians are holding separate celebrations for liturgy and sacraments. Now it is held separately in Latin Churches. Tomorrow those who choose Option-2 may conduct it at somewhere else! What difference it makes for those who chose Option-1? For those who remain with local latin parishes, it is the duty and responsibility of local pastors to provide them as per their choice! And it is already assured that the present arrangements for their pastoral care will continue for them !!
It is not merely a census form.. It is a kind of masked bullying, an indirect hollow threat of canonical expulsion and sacramental ban! It has no legal or moral sanctity, except to ensure that you turn towards new alm-boxes! It is an exercise to identify and classify people to collect different slabs of contribution !!
NOTE: Since SMC4U brought this issue on public domain, the census exercise has been suspended in many areas.
20.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-13:
Qn: ☝️Certain lies and misleading claims are circulated in the community Reply : "Don't forget that in 1992 Macaf wrote a letter to nuncio and Major Archbishop that they do not want Syro Malabar Priests and they are happy with the then English and Gujarati mass. Letters are still alive. Ask Kuriachen how he got appointment by then Ahmedabad Bishop Stany Fernandez. Let us take a referendum for the present situation and let people say they don't want Shamshabad Diocese. Why Macaf is shying away and new outfit is created as SMC4U to oppose the new Diocese. To be answered.
Don't forget that Bishop (then) Macwan directed Macaf not to interfere with the spiritual activities of Syro Malabar community and church. Don't forget that Macaf was prevented from carrying out any spiritual activities and thereby a separate body called Charismatic Service Team had to be created for conducting spiritual activities. Don't forget that majority of present Macaf office bearers and committee members are never attending any Syro Malabar quabana in any of the parishes. Macaf will have to explain why though 80 percent its members are Syro Malabar people why they opposed syro Malabar church. Who suddenly inspired this love for Syro Malabar church."
Reply: ✍️Neither MACAF nor SMC4U feels scared of people's questions!! Rather, we consider it our responsibility to place truth before the community !! 👍Here are the definite answers, which doubting members can personally verify from the concerned authority. 🙏
☝️MACAF never written to the Nuncio that we do not want SM priests nor we are happy with English and Gujarati mass. Our letter of November, 1992 expressed happiness over the arrangements for SM Priests and SM Masses being made by Bishop of Ahmedabad for the pastoral care of SMC members!! [MACAF sent no letter to MAB, as the post of MAB exists in SM Church only from 16.12.1992.
☝️Neither MACAF nor SMC4U ever objected Shamshabad Diocese. On the contrary, we accepted the authority and jurisdiction of Shamshabad Diocese as true Catholics who remain obedient to the decrees of Holy Father !!🙏
** ☝️Yes, ask Kuriachen how he came to Ahmedabad from Khempur in April, 1994… Also ask him about those who made him in tears during June, 1995 with false allegations of carrying out election campaign for MACAF!!😳
** ☝️Bishop Thomas Macwan never directed MACAF not to interfere with the spiritual activities. 👍The truth is that these same people had wrote a letter to Bishop seeking immediate ban of MACAF😄 But the actual result was that, within two months, MACAF was officially recognized as the "only Malayalee Catholic Lay Association approved by the Diocese of Ahmedabad" !! 👌It is his hallucination that his demand for ban came into force at once!👌
** ☝️Creation of Charismatic Service Team was not an idea of an Ahmedabad Pope! It was a direction by National Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services (NCCRS) which is recognized by CBCI. When NCCRS desired that all charismatic activities in the country should be brought under one umbrella, the same was communicated by Fr. Kuriachen and was accepted by MACAF. We call it obedience to our Spiritual Director and Episcopal Vicar!! 🙏[It is another story that a local pope came from nowhere and proclaimed himself as the President and Pontiff of ASTI, GUSTI etc. which are all now part of history so also its funds]🙀
** ☝️MACAF or SMC4U does not consider any individual as a superior catholic or the one got any Intellectual Property Right over others!! We never believe that Mar Thoma reached our family in Kerala, nor that the tradition and patrimony of SM Church began from our drawing room! 😁We never consider Church as our Private Property!! If anybody thinks that they can claim so, let them do it !! We will pray for their healing !! 🙏
NOTE: Joseph Goebbels, Propaganda Minister of Hitler told;"A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth”, and we know where the Nazis are today!! Friends, beware of any attempts to paint MACAF and SMC4U as anti-Syro Malabar !! ☝️It is a part of their vicious agenda of soiling the beautiful fabric of our Unity and Fellowship
21.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-14:-
Qn: ☝️Another query by a youth member; "Since the formation of the Shamshabad Diocese is by the order of Pope and pope has appointed Mar Raphael Thattil as the bishop, I think the SM community will have no option but to join Shamshabad diocese as SM Christian or to join Latin by giving in writing as communicated by the Church. Once a SM Church is erected in Ahmedabad all the appointed priests for SM community from parishes like Thaltej, Maninagar, Sabarmati, Loyola etc can be withdrawn by Rev Thattil Pithav as he has the complete power over SM community across India? Where will Ahmedabad bishop bring SM priests from? If we have to give in writing that I want to continue with Latin rite what will be the role of Fr Kuriachen if he remains as EV? If still Fr. Kuriachen is the EV for SM community for those who want to continue with Latin Parishes, why is he not intervening the issues and making it clear to the SM community or why are we not approaching him?
Can SM community have two Episcopal Vicars? The circular dated 26.02.2018 thanked Fr Kuriachen for serving the SM community. it is mentioned in the past tense… Fr, Kuriachen Paul who "WAS" serving as Episcopal Vicar…. Is it meant that he has no role to play as far as the SM community is concerned?"
Reply: ✍️(1) With creation of Shamshabad diocese, all SM faithful residing within its area of jurisdiction automatically become its members. But, by being the members of Shamshabad Diocese, they are also allowed by Holy Father to continue with the present Latin Church/Parish/Diocese. No written declaration is mandatory for exercising such option. It is a choice of one's conscience👍
☝️(2) The SM priests of Thaltej, Maninagar, Sabarmati, Loyola etc are appointed by Bishop of Ahmedabad. Therefore, Bishop of Shamshabad cannot cancel such appointments. They will continue to serve those who chose Option-1. 👍
☝️(3) Since 70 years, Ahmedabad/Gujarat did not find dearth of SM Priests for the pastoral care of SM community. Even if we assume any such shortage in future, there are provisions which allow Bishop of Ahmedabad to adopt priests from other places/congregations. For example, in the light of Vatican-II, CBCI had met in Calcutta in 1974 and decided; "Priests, Brothers, Sisters and others from dioceses that are rich in vocation specially in the South should be invited to work in dioceses where there is a dearth of personnel…"👍
☝️(4) Fr Kuriachen continues to be EV for those who chose Option-1, unless his appointment is revoked by Bishop of Ahmedabad. His non-intervention in the current transitional disputes indicates his high level of obedience to the authorities. He is too busy with his pastoral works to meddle with any controversy over temporal goods!!👍
☝️(4) There is nothing wrong if two EV work in the same geographical location, if they are appointed by two different diocesan bishops.
☝️(5) When Bishop Thattil used the past tense "WAS" and expressed gratitude to Fr Kuriachen, it was on his behalf and on behalf of those leaving the present set up under Option-2. For those under Option-1 there is hardly any change.
Note: 👋SMC4U welcome and appreciate any questions from the community and reiterate its commitment to answer them even at the cost of repetition. Still, we suggest if the questioners keep a little tab, repetitions could be avoided to take up new questions.🙏👍
22.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-15:-
Qn: It is being told that the activities of Shamshabad Diocese are being undertaken from a residential flat and a car, registered in the name of an individual. Is there anything wrong in it, especially since the new diocese has no building or vehicle of its own?
Reply: ✍️The simple answer to the question is "Nothing Wrong in it !"👍There is nothing wrong for the priests or bishop to stay in a residential flat or to carry out church activities therefrom, till the new diocese established its own arrangements. However, there seems to be much more than what is asked in a simple term!!⚠️
☝️If the residential flat has been purchased out of the funds contributed by the SM community, there is a point… ☝️Such contributions have been consciously made by the faithful to the SM Church and to its declared causes. 👍Therefore, it is church property. In such case, any purchase and its registration can never be made in the name of an individual🙏Please read the following:-
✍️"Canon 1020§1. Every authority is under the grave obligation to see that the temporal goods acquired by the Church be registered in the name of the juridic person to which they belong, with due regard for the prescriptions of civil law which safeguard the rights of the Church"
☝️In our case, the 'juridic person' is only the Diocese or the Parish, and not an individual [even Mar Raphael Thattil is not a juridic person]👍☝️In the above case, it is said that Church property is purchased out of funds contributed by the faithful and even the EMI and maintenance are paid by them. 😳 If the property registered in an individual's name is projected/claimed as "Bishop's House" or "Regional Headquarters" of the SM Church/Diocese, it is a grave violation of law. 👍Again, if further contributions are collected from the faithful for maintenance or EMI of such Church property, it is nothing but unabated violation of law, not only by the said individual and the people supporting it, but also by the Church authorities who allow the same too..✍️
🙏SMC4U believes that no individual, not even the Pope or MAB, is above the Church! 👌Therefore, SMC4U demands, if the above facts are true, the same should immediately be corrected and a clarification should be issued by Bishop of Shamshabad Diocese to clear the minds of the faithful. 🙏
NOTE: Although the question appears to be short, a short answer will create more ambiguity. So, SMC4U would answer the more important part of this issue in DUC-16.
23.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-16:-
Qn: The more disturbing facts if the Church celebrates its sacraments and liturgy from a private room !!
Reply: Further to DUC-15 which talked about the temporal side of ecclesiastical goods, here is another, more important side, if SM Church choose to celebrate its sacraments and liturgy from a property registered in an individual's name…
Canon 868 – Sacred places, which are destined for divine worship, cannot be erected without the permission of the eparchial bishop, unless it is expressly established otherwise by common law.
Canon 869 – A church is a building exclusively dedicated for divine worship by consecration or blessing.
Canon 870 – No building destined to be a church is to be built unless the express consent of the eparchial bishop is given in writing, unless something else is expressly established by common law.
Canon 871 – §1. Cathedral churches and, if possible, parish churches, churches of monasteries and churches attached to religious houses, should be dedicated through consecration.
§2. Consecration is reserved to the eparchial bishop, who can grant the faculty of consecrating to another bishop; after the consecration or blessing has been performed, a document is to be drawn up for preservation in the archive of the eparchial curia.
Canon 872 – §1. Anything which is not consonant to the sanctity of the place is forbidden in a church.
§2. All whose concern it is are to care that such cleanliness is maintained in a church as befits the house of God, and that security means are taken to protect the sacred and precious objects.”
Gone are the days when our saviours had complained to the Bishop against MACAF celebrating August-15 Mass in Dinesh Hall and Town Hall, saying that SM Mass should not be celebrated outside consecrated Church..!!
Gone are the days when extra tables and makeshift alters were placed in Latin Churches of Ahmedabad to celebrate SM Mass only in the direction as suggested by SM Synod..!!
Gone are the days when complaints were made to local Parish Priests that separate rooms were not allotted for storage of SM mass articles and vestments !!
Gone are the days we revolted against watchmen keeping Church gates half-open, saying shade and security for our parked vehicles !!
Thank God ! our "Church Owners" are getting tolerant these days !!
NOTE: SMC4U hopefully wish that the authorities at least celebrate our sacraments and liturgy from the local churches, which they happily give us. If the church is occupied for Latin Rite services at any time, we can get the school hall or an alternative place within the compound( like Malankara Church did) instead of our fake acting as an oppressed lot !! This is nothing but, for creating a situation like Jaipur, to show that SM Community is not allowed to use Latin Churches and went to Pentecostal Church !! What else if not a drama choreographed?
24.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-17:-
Issue: Several members have contacted SMC4U with respect to the news item published on 19.03.2018 regarding its meeting with Fr. Joseph Pulavelil MST, Syncellus for Shamshabad Diocese. They have all referred to his statement that nobody from Ahmedabad SM community has been entrusted for any collection drive, and his assurance that when any contribution is required, he would make a personal appeal Members have been telling that:-
Special collections are being carried out by a few persons in the name of constructing new SM Churches, right from the day of announcement about creation of Shamshabad Diocese !! Several lakhs of rupees have already been collected from different areas.
Collections are made by using the name of Shamshabad Diocese and citing sanction by Mar Raphael Thattil. It is also being told that the bishop himself will reach the houses which do not pay the amounts expected of them.
Veiled threats of canonical expulsion and sacramental ban were issued to those who show reluctance to pay the full amount demanded.
No receipts are given with the name of SM Church or Shamshabad Diocese, but receipts were given in the name of some private trust registered at an individual's residential address.
There are past instances where many members had paid money for publishing family greetings in an earlier souvenir. However, neither they were given any receipts, nor their greetings were published.
An unemployed youth was asked to shell out Rs. 50,000/-. Though he managed to pay Rs. 25,000/- he has been told that the rest amount will appear in the church records as his family arrears.
Compulsory collections are ongoing in some places by creating different groups, such as Mathruvedi, Pithruvedi, Youth Group, Govt. Employees' Group, Prayer Group, Housewives Group, etc
Parish based associations of faithful (from all Rites) belonging to different parishes, are told to dissolve and to transfer balance funds to the private trusts on behalf of Shamshabad Diocese.
People are told that the private trust registered in their residential address has been authorized to collect funds on behalf of Shamshabad Church, and that trust is authorized to construct SM Churches across Gujarat.
Amounts collected for constructing a church in Baroda has also been got transferred to this private trust, claiming directions by Bishop of Shamshabad.
Different priests are also accompanying for such collection, which indicates clear official sanction by the church for such forced collection.
Some members are also asked to additionally contribute Rs. 25-50 Lakhs towards a future plan of setting up an exclusive Housing Society for SM members.
Reply: SMC4U stands by the contents of news item published on 19.03.2018 regarding its meeting with Fr. Joseph Pulavelil, Syncellus. Therefore, SMC4U believes that the actual reply/explanation has to come from him or from Shamshabad Diocese! We too join the community to urge the authorities to ensure that such coercive actions, with or without the official sanction, should be stopped forthwith.
NOTE: SMC4U earnestly requests our Priests NOT to fall into the trap laid by a few vested interests to push forward their faulty dreams. Their association and presence gives an official color to such dreams, and the faithful become ultimate victims of scandals. Need an example? Read the news item on Sanjoe Social Welfare Society, ran from the shadow of Faridabad Diocese exactly in the same way !!!
25.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC)-18:-
Question: On one side SMC4U say that it supports establishment of Shamshabad Diocese. On other side, SMC4U opposes construction of new churches. Without constructing new churches, how Shamshabad Diocese will function. Will you answer this question or will you ignore it ?
Reply: Although the answer is available in earlier DUCs, the nature of question prompts us to repeat the same.
SMC4U is neither against creation of Shamshabad Diocese, nor against need-based construction of new churches. Our objection is solely against dividing the community purely for institutionalization and for material benefits.
There is no doubt that Pope has erected Shamshabad Diocese with the sole intention that the Syro Malabarians preserve their tradition and culture. There is also no doubt that the Syro Malabarians of Ahmedabad were preserving and proudly practicing their faith and tradition in Syro Malabar Rite since last three generations. Thus, the main objective of the new diocese already stands accomplished even before its creation.
⚠Now, what remains is only institutionalization of the administration, and centralization of money and power. Even we do not object these acts though it is pure entrepreneurship. What we say is not to divide a well settled community merely for selfish financial and power interests.
We have already 13-14 churches within the city area at our service. They are providing us all pastoral care in our own rites and liturgy. They wholeheartedly support us to preserve our faith and tradition. Then, what is the need for constructing more church buildings within the city area with forceful contribution from people (rather extortion)?? It is not need-based, but sheer waste of community resources; that too at the risk of Unity and Fellowship !!
On the other hand, we too support construction of churches in the areas where we have none today, and where people have to travel long for their spiritual needs. Such churches could be constructed by SM Church and could also be used by Latin Church for their pastoral needs, in the same we use theirs…!! I am sure you can imagine the beauty of such a coexistence and fellowship!!
NOTE: The question is, are we here to expand the spiritual kingdom of Christ, or to conquer and conquest new places to expand our material kingdom, a kingdom of wealth, power and money !! That too in real patani ishtyle !!
26.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 19:-
There was an announcement by an individual in Loyola on Palm Sunday that collections are to start again next month. It is also claimed that the money is deposited in a trust where Mar Thattil and Fr Kuriachen are the trustees. Can SMC4U clarify the matter?
Reply: SMC4U had received categorical statement from Fr Joseh Pulavelil, Syncellus of Shamshabad Diocese that nobody has been authorised by the diocese for any collection from the people, and that if at all any collection is required, he would make an official appeal for the same.
Not only that, Syncellus had also assured SMC4U that henceforth no private person will stand at the pulpit during the SM Mass to make any church related announcements!!
And if it still happens, let the community realise the sorry state of affairs when even the church officials are dumbfolded ??
SMC4U tried to gather the facts on the trust from Fr Kuriachen. The trust Thoma Marg Sabarmati was registered in July, 2017 when Shamshabad Diocese was not even established. It has no official sanction from Syro Malabar Church or the Diocese of Shamshabad. Mar Thattil and Kuriachen were added to the list of trustees in their personal capacities, and not as the Bishop or Episcopal Vicar. Their names are used for creating an official colour among the people! There are other private persons as trustees, who are actually managing the affairs (like the church actually managed). In short, administratively SM Church has nothing to do with it!
Information received by SMC4U shows that the trust is already having a balance over a Crore which was collected from the faithful of Ahmedabad and Baroda dioceses. It is also said that amounts collected from some persons in the guise of ‘ investment with high returns’ have been converted into donations against their will, thereby they already lost money!
We feel that with the changed status of both Mar Thattil and Kuriachen and the change in basic nature of the trust, it lost moral right to continue collection. Moreover, if the amount is to be utilised towards creating assets on behalf of Shamshabad Diocese, the trust has to get ratification from the people who paid the money and now choose Option-1.
This trust appears to have no official mandate from SM Church or Shamshabad Diocese for constructing all Syro Malabar Churches in Gujarat. The claims made on these grounds are factually wrong.
Shamshabad Diocese and the Syncellus have not come up with an official clarification on this trust and the amount lying in its account. They have also not issued any appeal for collection as promised. Therefore, SMC4U requests the community not to contribute any money to private people or trust. If at all you want to contribute to our Mother Church, you have the right to ask for an official receipt from the Diocese of Shamshabad. Moreover, why anybody should insist to pay money in their name when we have a diocese, bishop and local Syncellus??!
NOTE: It is money and power that corrupt the leaders! We need no examples of Europe or America to learn how bad things are in Church. We believe that our community members are prudent enough before contributing their hard earned money to the whimsical fantasy of a few! When things go wrong, clergy will wash their hands off with a simple press note, as is happening these days!! And the poor faithful will be left to chant Hari Om !!
27.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 20:-
Issue: If the geographical jurisdiction of a diocese is sacrosanct and considered unbreachable, how there is a compromise formula drawn up in the case of Agra Mission?
Reply: Etawah Mission (which is also called Agra Mission) comprises of a large area falling under Firozabad District, which is originally a part of Latin Archdiocese of Agra. In the year 1975, Archbishop of Agra had handed over this region to Changanacherry Archdiocese of Syro Malabar Church for 'evangelical purpose'. Since then Changanacherry Archdiocese has established a large number of institutions there, though the number of catholics remains the same at around 500.
If we consider the jurisdiction of Shamshabad Diocese in the light of Papal Decree, the entire area falling under Agra Archdiocese including Etawah Mission, should come under the new diocese. If you thought that Changanacherry humbly accepted the Papal decision, it is not so.. ⚠. As per information available, a secret agreement has been executed between Shamsabad and Changanacherry to exclude Etawah Mission from the jurisdiction of Shamshabad. It is easy now to draw conclusion as to whether the papal decrees are sacrosanct and whether diocesan jurisdictions are unbreachable.
NOTE: If the 500 faithful and the priests/nuns of Etawah Mission can remain members of Changanacherry Archdiocese, what is that big thing which prohibits our community from remaining members of Ahmedabad Diocese?? If it is their history of 42 years, we have a history of 70 years. In short, wisdom and convenience breach even the unbreachable!
28.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 21:-
Question: Please correct me if I am wrong? 🤔Even if SM Catholics are under the jurisdiction of Shamshabad, they have the canonical right to participate in the liturgical services of Latin or Syrian church. Sacraments also can be received in the Latin church with the permission of Syrian priest. Letter of Latin priest, where one is baptized, or of the Syrian priest, is valid for receiving sacraments in Kerala. As the Pope says those who attend Latin parishes may request some assistance from Syrian priest. That means my choice to attend Latin services does not exclude me from Syrian church. After the creation of Shamshabad diocese bishop of Ahmedabad does not have the authority to appoint any priest for SM Community. The appointments already made stands annulled. There is no question of parallel arrangements done by bishop of Ahmedabad and bishop of Shamshabad..?😱
Reply: ✍Basically, for the faithful who choose Option-1, no practical change will happen. 👌But, for the priests, all documentation and notification becomes a procedural mandate. ☝Holy Father desires that such documentation and communication should be carried out promptly with proper coordination among the Churches.👍
👉Even if a SM faithful is under the natural jurisdiction of Shamshabad, he has the canonical right to participate in the liturgical services of the present Latin or the new Syrian church, i.e. Option-1 or Option-2 respectively. 👍
👉If they choose to remain with Latin Church as per Option-1, they can receive all sacraments from Latin Church [whether in Latin rite or in SM rite, as per his desire].👍
👉If they wish sacraments in SM rite from Latin Church, it is the duty of Latin Priest to arrange SM priests, either from the same diocese or from other places/Churches/congregations. If he asks, SM Church also should give priests in such case. 👍
👉Permission from SM Church for receiving sacraments from Latin Church is only a procedural formality🙏This permission is 💯NOT to be taken by the laity. It is the duty of Latin Pastor to take up the matter with the SM church and it is the duty of SM priest to give ‘prompt’ permission. ☝Similarly, the Latin Priest also will send the certificates to SM church for notifying in SM Church records. 👍
👉Any certificates of sacraments or other needs, given by the Latin Priests are to be accepted by the entire SM Church, which is also formality. ☝Holy Father desires that SM Synod should direct all SM dioceses to accept such certificates issued by Latin Priests. 👌[Alternatively, faithful can also approach the concerned SM Church to get the certificate from their records, which they maintained/notified as per the certificates directly received by them from the Latin Priest as mentionedabove.☝
👉That means my choice to attend Latin Church and to receive my sacraments from such Latin Church [in SM Rite or Latin Rite] does not exclude me any way from the Syro Malabar Church.👌💯
👉Pope clearly directs that such documentation should be prompt and undisturbed.👋
29.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 22:-
🙏SMC4U appreciates the offer for dialogue from Fr Protosyncellus and heartily reciprocates his prayers and greetings! 🙏At the same time, we respectfully disagree ☝️with his observations on our DUCs besides, reject any attempts to silence ‘people’s voice’. 🤐We strongly condemn the primitive attitude of suppressing information from the ordinary faithful🤭, and reiterate our commitment to a transparent and enlightened Laity and Church!🤗
👉Intimidation and coercion has no place in a civil society, not to say about Church and Religion! ☝️People have the sense and knowledge to realise what is well-intended or ill-intended. 👍We would have been grateful and felt obliged if, instead of smothering those who call spade a spade, this authority had come out with a clear answer to at least one of the several questions raised in the DUCs! 👌We would have been happy if at least the solemn statements made by his deputy Fr Syncellus to SMC4U are fulfilled!🙏
✍️SMC4U doesn’t claim that we are insulated from bonafide errors, but strongly suspect the intentions of anyone who doubt our credentials.☝️While we welcome Fr Protosyncellus (or anybody for that matter) to correct us with facts if we are wrong in any statements🙏, we promise the community that their expectations from SMC4U would not be compromised or betrayed!! 💯
30.03.2018: Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 23:-
Issue: ⚠️SMC4U learns that, the divisive elements of our community are desperate to change the names of Latin Churches of Ahmedabad! 😳So, St Jude’s will turn into St Mary’s..St Xavier’s to St Alphonsa.. and St Ignatius Loyola to St Thomas!!🙀
Evidence: 👉Scared after yesterday’s “canonical warning”😄SMC4U place evidence to substantiate our point. It was on Saturday 24.03.2018 we brought the issue to the notice of Bishop Thattil and Fr Syncellus. The reply says it all, “Taken Notice”. 🤭Now let the community decide whether the move is wel-intended or ill-intended!🤗
Reply: ✍️We state that renaming existing Latin Parishes is absolutely improper, illegal and highly unbecoming of the followers of Christ! ☝️If anything called re-crucifixion (as mentioned by Fr Proto!) of Christ can happen, this is the best example!👌
👉First, except for creation of Shamshabad Eparchy, not even a single territorial parish has been erected till date. These existing parishes are territorial parishes of Ahmedabad Latin Diocese. SM Church use them only as their Mass Centers. So where is the question of naming it as SM parish??☝️
👉Next, priests working there are appointed by Bishop of Ahmedabad as Assistant Parish Priests to look after the pastoral care of SM community. Most of them are Jesuits or Latin Priests. So where is the question of them calling SM Parish Priests??😇
👉Again, these churches are allowed for the use of SM community, due to the benevolence of Latin Diocese. Now it is like the tenant taking over the place by pushing landlord out??!!💪🏾👊
😳Why this aggression? Why this intimidation? Why this backdoor games? Why this dirty politics? 😱If anybody want to break away from the family they grew up, do it! Why they want to burn the house up in flames before leaving ??! 🔥 There is a vast majority of people who are grown up in compassion and brotherhood; 🤝they have a proud lineage of mutual coexistence !! they believe in unity and fellowship! Call them MACAF or SMC4U, it’s same.. and they are sane indeed !!💯
Note: 😇Friends, where are we heading? What is the destiny of an otherwise wonderful community? What faith and tradition we have reserved for our next generation??🤭
Request:🙏on this Good Friday, SMC4U earnestly requests: Please do not polarise the community for petty gains! 🙏You are destroying the peace and serenity of 35% of our own families where even the spouses belong to different Rites! ☝️That is the beautiful warp and weft of our Fellowship Fabric!!💕
31.03.2018 : Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 24:-
(1) ഷംഷാബാദ് രൂപതയുടെ സ്ഥാപനത്തോടെ, ആ രൂപതയുടെ സ്ഥലപരിധിയിൽ താമസിക്കുന്ന എല്ലാ സീറോ മലബാർ സഭാംഗങ്ങളും, പുതിയ രൂപതയുടെ അധികാര പരിധിയിൽ വരും. അതിനാൽ രാജ്കോട്ട് രൂപതയുടെ പരിധിക്കു വെളിയിൽ, ഗുജറാത്തിൽ വസിക്കുന്ന എല്ലാ സീറോ മലബാർ സഭാംഗങ്ങളും, ഷംഷാബാദ് രൂപതയുടെ പരിധിയിൽ വരുന്നു.
(2) എന്നാൽ വളരെ കാലമായി ലത്തീൻ രൂപതയുടെ സംരക്ഷണത്തിലും സഹായത്തിലും വസിക്കുന്ന, സീറോ മലബാർ സഭാംഗങ്ങൾക്കായി, പൗരസ്ത്യ തിരുസംഘവും മാർപാപ്പയും പ്രത്യേകമായ സംവിധാനങ്ങൾ കാനോൻ നിയമത്തിന്റെ പരിധിക്കുള്ളിൽനിന്നു തന്നെ അനുവദിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. പൗരസ്ത്യ തിരുസംഘത്തിന്റെ 28.01.2016 ലെ നിർദേശവും 09.10.2018 ലെ മാർപാപ്പയുടെ കത്തും ആണ് ഈ നിർദേശങ്ങൾക്ക് അടിസ്ഥാനമായ രേഖകൾ. അവയുടെ രണ്ടിന്റെയും മലയാള പരിഭാഷ നമ്മുടെ ഗ്രൂപ്പിൽ നേരത്തെ പ്രസിദ്ധപ്പെടുത്തിയിരുന്നത് കാണുമല്ലോ
(3) അപ്രകാരം, അഹമ്മദാബാദിൽ വസിക്കുന്ന ഏതൊരു സീറോ മലബാർ സഭാംഗത്തിനും, അവർ ഇപ്പോൾ പങ്കെടുക്കുന്ന ലത്തീൻ പള്ളികളിൽ തുടർന്നും സംബന്ധിക്കാൻ സഭ അനുവദിക്കുന്നു. വിശ്വാസികളെ സംബന്ധിച്ചിടത്തോളം പുതിയ രൂപതയോ പുതിയ സംവിധാനമോ യാതൊരു വ്യത്യാസമോ ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകളോ ഉണ്ടാക്കരുത് എന്ന് മാർപാപ്പ ആവർത്തിച്ച് ആവശ്യപ്പെട്ടിരിക്കുന്നു.
(4) പുതിയ രൂപതയുടെ സ്ഥാപനത്തിന് ശേഷവും പഴയതുപോലെ ലത്തീൻ രൂപതയുടെ സഹായപരിധിയിൽ തുടരുവാനുള്ള തീരുമാനത്തെ OPTION-1 എന്നും, അതല്ല പുതിയ ഷംഷാബാദ് രൂപതയുടെ നേരിട്ടുള്ള ഭരണപരിധിയിലേക്കു മാറുവാനുള്ള തീരുമാനത്തെ OPTION-2 എന്നും നമുക്ക് വിളിക്കാം.
(5) OPTION-1 സ്വീകരിക്കുന്ന വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക് യാതൊരു തടസ്സവുമില്ലാതെ, തങ്ങൾ ഇതുവരെ ചെയ്തിരുന്നതുപോലെ അഹമ്മദാബാദ് രൂപതയുടെ പള്ളികളിൽ പോകുകയും, അവിടെ തങ്ങളുടെ കൂദാശകളും മറ്റെല്ലാ ആല്മീയ ആവശ്യങ്ങളും സ്വീകരിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യാം. ഇപ്രകാരം ചെയ്യുന്ന വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക്, കൂദാശകൾ സീറോ മലബാർ റീത്തു പ്രകാരം വേണമെന്ന് ആഗ്രഹിച്ചാൽ അത് സാധിച്ചു തരുവാൻ അഹമ്മദാബാദ് ബിഷപ്പും മറ്റെല്ലാ വൈദികരും ബാധ്യസ്ഥരാണ്.
(6) OPTION-1 സ്വീകരിക്കുന്ന വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക് ആവശ്യത്തിനുള്ള മലയാളി/സീറോ മലബാർ വൈദികരുടെ സേവനം ഒരുക്കി തരേണ്ടതും അഹമ്മദാബാദ് മെത്രാന്റെയും വൈദികരുടെയും കടമയാണ്. വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക് ആവശ്യമുള്ള എല്ലാ സഹായവും ഇതുവരെ ചെയ്തതുപോലെ തുടർന്നും ഉണ്ടാകുമെന്നു അഹമ്മദാബാദ് മെത്രാനും പ്രൊവിൻഷ്യൽ അച്ചനും ഉറപ്പു തന്നിട്ടുണ്ട്.
(7) മാർപാപ്പയുടെ നിർദേശപ്രകാരം, വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക് യാതൊരു ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടോ കാലതാമസമോ ഇല്ലാതെ എല്ലാ സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റുകളും മറ്റു രേഖാ നടപടികളും സാധിച്ചുകൊടുക്കുവാൻ രണ്ടു സഭകളിലെയും മെത്രാന്മാരും വൈദികരും ബാധ്യസ്ഥരാണ്. രേഖാനടപടികളെല്ലാം കാലതാമസം കൂടാതെ നടത്തിക്കൊടുക്കുവാൻ മാർപാപ്പാ പ്രത്യേകമായി സഭാധികാരികളോടു നിർദ്ദേശിയ്ക്കുന്നു
(8) അപ്രകാരം, ലത്തീൻ പള്ളികളിൽ മാമോദീസ, സ്ഥൈര്യലേപനം എന്നിവ സ്വീകരിക്കുന്ന സീറോ മലബാർ വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക് അവ സ്വീകരിക്കാനുള്ള അനുവാദം ലത്തീൻ വികാരി വാങ്ങുകയും സീറോ മലബാർ വികാരി നൽകുകയും വേണം. അവ സ്വീകരിച്ചു കഴിഞ്ഞാൽ, ലത്തീൻ പള്ളിയിലെ രജിസ്റ്ററിൽ പ്രത്യേകമായി അത് രേഖപ്പെടുത്തുകയും, സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് നൽകുകയും വേണം. ഈ സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റിന്റെ ഒരു പതിപ്പ് സീറോ മലബാർ പള്ളിയിലേക്ക് അയക്കുകയും അവിടെയുള്ള രെജിസ്റ്ററിലും രേഖപ്പെടുത്തുകയും വേണം.
(9) ലത്തീൻ പള്ളിയിൽനിന്നും ഇപ്രകാരം ലഭിക്കുന്ന സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റുകളും കത്തുകളും, മറ്റെല്ലാ സ്ഥലത്തുമുള്ള ഏതു സീറോ മലബാർ പള്ളികളും സ്വീകരിക്കുവാൻ ബാധ്യസ്ഥരാണ് എന്ന് മാർപാപ്പ പ്രത്യേകമായി നിർദേശിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. അതുപോലെ, തങ്ങളുടെ പരിധിയിലുള്ള സീറോ മലബാർ പള്ളിയിൽ ചെന്നാലും മേല്പറഞ്ഞ 8-ആം ഖണ്ഡിക പ്രകാരം അവിടത്തെ രജിസ്റ്റർ പ്രകാരം സർട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് വാങ്ങാനുള്ള സൗകര്യം വിശ്വാസികൾക്കും, അത് നൽകുവാനുള്ള ബാധ്യത സീറോ മലബാർ വികാരിക്കും ഉണ്ട്.
(10) അങ്ങനെ, OPTION-1 സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നത് വഴി, ഒരുത്തരും സീറോ മലബാർ സഭാംഗങ്ങൾ അല്ലാതായി തീരുന്നില്ല. അതുപോലെ, കേരളത്തിലോ മറ്റു സ്ഥലങ്ങളോ ഉള്ള സീറോ മലബാർ പള്ളികളിൽ അവർ ഒരു തരത്തിലും അന്യരാകുന്നുമില്ല. ലത്തീൻ പള്ളികളിൽനിന്നും ഏതെങ്കിലും കൂദാശ സ്വികരിയ്ക്കുന്നതുകൊണ്ടു മാത്രം ഒരുവനും ലത്തീൻ സഭയിലെ അംഗമാകുന്നില്ല എന്നു സഭാനിയമം പഠിപ്പിയ്ക്കുന്നു. മറിച്ചുള്ള എല്ലാ പ്രചരണങ്ങളും കള്ളവും നിയമവിരുദ്ധവുമാണ്.
(11) സഭയുടെ നടത്തിപ്പിനായി സാമ്പത്തികമായ സംഭാവനകൾ നൽകുവാൻ സഭാംഗങ്ങൾക്കു കടമുണ്ട്. എന്നാൽ അതെത്രയാകണമെന്നോ എപ്പോൾ നൽകണമെന്നോ തീരുമാനിയ്കേണ്ടതും അവർതന്നെയാണ്. സംഭാവനകൾക്കായി ആരെയെങ്കിലും നിർബന്ധിയ്ക്കുകയൊ കൂദാശകളൊ മറ്റു കാര്യങ്ങളൊ നിഷേധിയ്ക്കുകയോ അപ്രകാരം ഭീഷണിപ്പടുത്തുകയോ ചെയ്യുന്നത് മാരകമായ കുറ്റകൃത്യമാണ്. അങ്ങനെ ചെയ്യുന്നത് വ്യക്തികളായാലും വൈദീകരായാലും അവർ എതിർക്കപ്പെടേണ്ടവരാണ്!
(12) സംഭാവനകൾ നൽകുന്നവർ സഭയുടെയോ രൂപതയുടെയോ അതാതു ഇടവകയുടെ പേരിലോ ഉള്ള രസീതുകൾ വാങ്ങുവാൻ പ്രത്യേകം ശ്രദ്ധിയ്ക്കണം. വൈദികരൊ മെത്രാൻമാരോതന്നെ വ്യക്തിപരമായി ട്രസ്റ്റികളായാൽപോലും അത്തരം ട്രസ്റ്റുകൾക്കായി പണം നൽകുന്നവർ വലിയ അബദ്ധമാണ് ചെയ്യുന്നത്. പല സ്ഥലങ്ങളിലും ഇക്കാലത്തു നടക്കുന്ന തട്ടിപ്പുകളെപ്പറ്റി വിശ്വാസികൾ ബോധവാന്മാരാവുക. സഭയുടെ ഒരു സ്വത്തും പിരിയ്ക്കുവാനോ അതു സൂക്ഷിയ്കുവാനോ യാതൊരു വ്യക്തി്ക്കും അധിരാരമില്ല എന്നു സഭാനിയമം അനുശാസിയ്ക്കുന്നു.
(13) സഭയ്കുവേണ്ടി പള്ളികൾ പണിയുവാനോ അതിനായി പണം പിരിയ്ക്കുവാനോ യാതൊരു വ്യക്തിയ്ക്കും അധികാരമില്ല. അപ്രകാരം പ്രവർത്തിയ്ക്കുകയോ അതിനായി പ്രത്യേക ട്സ്റ്റുകൾ രൂപീകരിയ്ക്കുകയോ ചെയ്യുന്നതു സദുദ്ദേശത്തോടെയാണന്നു കരുതാനാവില്ല! സംഭാവന നൽകുന്നതോടൊപ്പം അതു സഭാമാതാവ് അനുവദിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള രീതിയിൽ മാത്രം നൽകുവാനും വിശ്വാസികൾക്കു കടമയുണ്ട്. അങ്ങനെ ചെയ്താൽ ഭാവിയുലുണ്ടാകാവുന്ന പല ക്രമക്കേടുകളും ഒഴിവാക്കാവുന്നതാണ്. കാരണം, പണമാണല്ലോ അധികാരസ്ഫാപനങ്ങളെപ്പോലും അഴിമതികേന്ദ്രങ്ങളാക്കുന്നത്.
കുറിപ്പ്: ✍നമ്മുടെ DUC തുടക്കംമുതൽ വായിയ്കുന്നുണ്ടന്ന് സഭാധികാരികൾ SMC4U നെ രേഖാമൂലം അറിയിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. കഴിഞ്ഞ കുറെ ദിവസങ്ങളായി SMC4U പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച DUC യുടെ രത്നചുരുക്കമാണിത്. ഈ കാര്യങ്ങൾ വസ്തുതാപരമായി തെറ്റാണന്ന് സ്ഥാപിയ്ക്കാത്ത നിലയ്ക്ക്, അവയെ അംഗീകരിയ്ക്കുന്നു എന്നല്ലേ കരുതാനാവൂ 🙏
01.04.2018: Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 25:-
🙏Friends of SMC4U! 👉this refers to an exhortation that was in circulation regarding the options available to the laity after creation of Shamshabad Diocese. ☝️Although we initially thought of ignoring such barks and sparks 😄as April Fool thoughts, some seniors advised us to clarify the facts, especially since they claim official sanction of Shamshabad Diocese and since the authorities do not bother to speak truth. ☝️So we nail their lies and misinformation:-
👉SMC4U has been explaining since more than a month about the facts and provisions of Option-1 and Option-2 which are available to SM faithful as per Papal Decrees. 👌We have also published English and Malayalam version of the concerned decrees and related canon provisions. ☝️Instead of them crying hoarse, we challenge then to quote relevant passage and interpret it to substantiate their claims. 👍Do we need their daily speech to know that the new diocese was erected just for "evangelisation"?😄
👉While SM faithful are considered natural members of Shamshabad diocese, they are absolutely in NO WAY duty bound to receive their pastoral care including sacraments and liturgy from Shamshabad diocese or its parishes. 👌It is a mere hallucination of a few fanatic ritists that no option is available for the faithful. It is a mere folk-tale that they can sparingly use Pope's decrees as exceptios or on case to case basis, and screw the laity with "canonical sanctions" !😇
👉If this Option-1 is not allowed or made available to the faithful who opts for it, no worry, there are authorities under Canon Law and Civil Law to take care of it. ☝️Why we need a sermon from the 'kitchen palace'? 🙀SMC4U is quite capable of grabbing the just rights available for the people under the statute!👌
👉There is a proverbial fantasy that the poor lambs are illiterate and ignorant. 🐣It was thought to be an ancient wisdom within a madly clericalised Church that information should be suppressed from the reach of ordinary faithful. ☝️One of the first promises SMC4U made was that we would bring transparency and would bare the right information before the people. 👍Anybody can now read on their palms as to what is allowed in the Papal decree and what is not. 👌Let us sympathize with those poor magsmen who desperately try to manipulate even the Holy Father’s mind and intention!!👋
👉When the Head of the SM Church himself is trying to understand the status and sanctity of canon law and fighting hard to save his seat, 😢let us prudently avoid bragging on it, but pray for those who issue threats on canonical sanctions to silence people's voice! What a joke!!😎
👉The events that unfolded for the past one month make it abundantly clear about the ‘laxmanrekha’ drawn around the Bishop and his Syncellus on issues of people's concern! ☝️Gujarat SM Community would have appreciated if they had come out with even a single clarification about the 100-odd questions which SMC4U has raised till date. 👍Why the poor Syncellus is unable to implement even one of his own promises solemnly made in front of SMC4U? 🙏Now, we all have sympathy for them, for they too are fallen preys. ☝️They have been tricked into illegalities and controversial dealings so much so that they are forced to sing Alleluia to their masters! 😳Sorry brethren, our Mother Church is abducted for a heavy ransom!! 😳It requires grit and fortitude to regain her lost glory!!☝️😢
👉If all the activities of SM Community of Gujarat are supervised and guided by Bishop of Shamshabad and his deputies, what prevents them from clarifying about the issues raised by the community, ☝️especially about extortion in millions from Ahmedabad and Baroda in the name of private trusts carrying the names of bishop and priests, lady’s kitchens used as bishop houses and for Chrism Masses, 🙀Why a few quacks claiming themselves absolute authorities for construction of churches across Gujarat, besides freely issuing canonical threats and intimidation?☝️
👉It is not a propaganda that the local authorities have agreed to provide priests for SM community who wish to choose Option-1 and entrust them to their pastoral care. ☝️Even otherwise, it is their bounden duty to do it which none can dilute. They have done it for 70 years, and will do it in future too!! 👌And they have the power and authority to do so!! If some poor minds think that creation of Shamshabad will disrobe these Bishops and Priests, should we lend our ears? 😁Let us only pray for these wolves who tries to disperse the lamps in their camouflages ?!? 🤗
🙏SMC4U believes we explained about the false propaganda charitably to our members 🙏and politely to the quacks. If the members have a doubt, please post it in our FB or WhatsApp group or inbox, and be assured of a reply. Please do not fall into the trap of a few day-dreamers!! 🙏
NOTE: ☝️This fact will tell you who rules the roost! Shamshabad Diocese was inaugurated on 07.01.2018; Bishop Thattil was "enthroned" on 07.01.2018; But the Pastoral Council was born (out of Holy Spirit) and the supreme secretary incarnated as early as on 07.12.2017! 😄 Even if he claims to be the Perfect of the Holy Congregation of Oriental Churches, our authorities won't (can't) speak
02.04.2018: Daily Unity Capsule (DUC) 26:-
☝പൗരസ്ത്യ തിരുസംഘത്തിന്റെ 28.01.2016 ലെ നിർദേശങ്ങളും മാർപാപ്പയുടെ 09.10.2017 ലെ ഡിക്രീയും വഴി, സഭാമാതാവ് വിശ്വാസികൾക്കായി അനുവദിച്ചു നൽകിയിരിക്കുന്ന സൗകര്യങ്ങളെ തങ്ങളുടെ സ്വാർത്ഥതക്കായി വളച്ചൊടിച്ചു നിർവചിക്കുന്ന അവസരവാദികൾക്കുള്ള മറുപടി:🙏
👉പൗരസ്ത്യ തിരുസംഘത്തിന്റെ മേല്പറഞ്ഞ കത്തിലെ വാചകം ശ്രദ്ധിക്കുക: ''തങ്ങളുടെ സ്ഥിരവാസമുള്ള സീറോ മലബാർ ഇടവകയിൽ അംഗമായ ഒരു സീറോ മലബാർ വിശ്വാസിക്ക് നിയമപരമായി തന്നെ ലത്തീൻ സഭയുടെ കീഴിലുള്ള ഇടവകയിലെ ദൈനംദിന പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളിൽ പൂർണമായും പങ്കു ചേരാവുന്നതാണ്. അത്തരം വ്യക്തികളുടെ പ്രത്യേക സാഹചര്യങ്ങൾ ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട അജപാലകർ (സീറോ മലബാർ, ലത്തീൻ) മനസിലാക്കുകയും അവരുടെ വിശ്വാസ ജീവിതം ശാന്തമായും, സമാധാനപരമായും മുന്നോട്ടു കൊണ്ടുപോകുന്നതിനാവശ്യമായ നടപടികൾ സുഗമമാക്കുകയും ചെയ്യേണ്ടതാണ്"….. 👍സഭാമാതാവ് പ്രത്യേകം നിർദ്ദേശിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള വിശ്വാസികളുടെ ഈ "ശാന്തതയും സമാധാനവുമാണ്" ചില തൽപരകക്ഷികൾ നശിപ്പിക്കാനായി കച്ചകെട്ടി ഇറങ്ങിയിരിക്കുന്നത്! ☝അരിയാഹാരം കഴിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള നമുക്ക് ഇത് മനസിലാക്കുവാൻ ഒരു പരസഹായം വേണോ?🤗
👌ലത്തീൻ സഭയിൽനിന്നും കൂദാശകൾ സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നതിന് വിശ്വാസികളെ അനുവദിക്കുകയും അതിനു വേണ്ട രേഖാനടപടികൾ വേഗത്തിലും
കൃത്യതയോടും ശുഷ്കാന്തിയോടും കൂടി നടപ്പാക്കി കൊടുക്കുവാൻ ഇരുസഭകളിലെയും അധികാരികളെ ഈ കത്ത് പ്ര്യത്യേകം ഓർമിപ്പിക്കുന്നു. 🙏ഇനിയും മാർപാപ്പയുടെ 09.10.2017 ലെ ഡിക്രീ നോക്കാം…."തങ്ങളുടെ സഭയുടെ അജപാലനാധികാരത്തിലുള്ള കുറവു കാരണം ധാരാളം സീറോ-മലബാര് സഭാ മക്കള് ലത്തീന് ഇടവകകളില് സജീവ ഭാഗഭാക്കുകളാണ്. അവരോടു പറയട്ടെ, സഭയുടെ ഈ തീരുമാനം അവരെ യാതൊരുവിധത്തിലും പ്രതികൂലമായി ബാധിക്കില്ല. കൂടാതെ തങ്ങളുടെ പല തലമുറകളായുള്ള പ്രവാസിജീവിതത്തില് അവരുടെ വിവിധ പ്രവര്ത്തനങ്ങളാല് സമ്പന്നമാക്കപ്പെട്ട സഭകളില്നിന്നും അന്യവല്ക്കരിക്കുകയല്ല, മറിച്ച് ക്രമേണ തങ്ങളുടെ മാതൃസഭയായ വ്യക്തിസഭകളിലേക്ക് മടങ്ങി വരുംതലമുറകള്ക്ക് ആ ധന്യമായ പാരമ്പര്യം പകര്ന്നു നല്കാനുള്ള അവസരമാണ്. ഫരീദാബാദ് രൂപതയുടെ കീഴിലുള്ള പ്രദേശങ്ങളിലെ സീറോ-മലബാര് വിശ്വാസികളുടെ, തങ്ങളായിരുന്ന ലത്തീന് ഇടവകയിലെ പ്രവര്ത്തനങ്ങള്ക്ക് യാതൊരു തടസവും വരാതെ അവര് സീറോ-മലബാര് മക്കളായി തുടരുവാനുള്ള അവസരം പൗരസ്ത്യ സഭകളുടെ കാര്യാലയം Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches can.280$1 പ്രകാരം അവരുടെ ലത്തീന്, സീറോ-മലബാര് മെത്രാന്മാര്ക്ക് നിര്ദ്ദേശം നല്കിയിട്ടുണ്ട്". 👌ഇനി പറയുക ഇതൊക്കെ ആരുടെയെങ്കിലും ഔദാര്യമോ കാരുണ്യമോ ആയി കരുത്തേണ്ടതുണ്ടോ, അതോ സഭയുടെ നിയമങ്ങൾ വ്യവസ്ഥ ചെയ്യുന്ന അവകാശമോ?👋
☝ഏതെങ്കിലും രീതിയിലുള്ള നിർബന്ധമോ വ്യവസ്ഥകളോ ഇല്ലാതെ വിശ്വാസികൾക്ക് അവരുടെ ആരാധനാക്രമങ്ങൾ അവർ ആഗ്രഹിക്കുന്ന രീതിയിൽ നൽകണമെന്ന് കൃത്യമായി സഭാമാതാവ് നിഷ്കർഷിക്കുമ്പോഴും ചില അല്പജ്ഞാനികൾ 😁തങ്ങളുടെ കച്ചവടം മെച്ചപ്പെടുത്തുവാനായി ആവശ്യമുള്ള രീതിയിൽ നിർവചനങ്ങൾ നിർമിച്ചാൽ ആരാണത് വാങ്ങി സ്ഥിരം സേവിക്കുക? 😇
👉ഇനി ലത്തീൻ രൂപതയിലെ മെത്രാന്മാർക്ക് സീറോ മലബാർ ആരാധനാക്രമങ്ങൾ നൽകുവാൻ അധികാരമില്ല എന്നൊക്കെ അങ്ങു തള്ളുന്ന ഒതേനന്മാർ കത്തിലെ ഈ വാചകം വായിക്കാഞ്ഞിട്ടാണോ അതോ വായിച്ചിട്ടും മനസിലാകാഞ്ഞിട്ടാണോ:🙏 "സീറോ-മലബാര് സഭയ്ക്ക്, ലത്തീന്സഭയില് സുവിശേഷവേല ചെയ്യുന്ന പുരോഹിതരെയും സന്യസ്തരെയും സന്യാസിനികളെയും സീറോ-മലബാര് വിശ്വാസിസമൂഹത്തിനും ഉപകാരപ്പെടുത്താനും, ലത്തീന് സഭയുടെ ഇടവകകളിലുള്ള സീറോ-മലബാര് മക്കള്ക്കും ആവശ്യകമായ സീറോ-മലബാര് അജപാലനം ലഭ്യമാക്കുന്നതിനും ഈ അവസരം ഉപയോഗപ്രദമാകട്ടെ. ലത്തീന് ഇടവകകള് തുടര്ന്നും സീറോ- മലബാര് സഭാമക്കള്ക്ക് നല്കുന്ന സൗകര്യങ്ങള് തുടരണം. ഈ മൂന്നു വ്യക്തിസഭകളും തങ്ങളുടെ പരസ്പരസഹവര്ത്തിത്വവും സഹകരണവും എല്ലാ മേഖലകളിലും തുടരണം".👌
😂മാർപാപ്പയുടെ ഡിക്രിയോടുകൂടി ഏതോ ഇമ്മിണി വല്യ സാമ്രാജ്യം സ്ഥാപിക്കുവാനും എല്ലാവരെയും അങ്ങ് അടിച്ചമർത്തി ഭരിക്കാമെന്നും ഒക്കെ വ്യാമോഹിക്കുന്ന അധികാരമോഹികളോടും പാപ്പാ ശക്തമായ ഭാഷയിലാണ് പറയുന്നത്. 👉ഇത് ശ്രദ്ധിക്കൂ.."സീറോ മലബാർ സഭയുടെ അജപാലനപരിധിയിലുള്ള ഈ വളർച്ച യാതൊരു കാരണവശാലും അധികാരസ്ഥാപനത്തിനോ അടിച്ചമർത്തലിനോ കരണമാവാതെ, കൂടുതൽ വ്യാപ്തമായ ഒരു ഐക്യത്തിലേക്കും കൂട്ടായ്മയിലേക്കും വഴി തെളിക്കട്ടെ."👌🙏
☝തങ്ങളുടെ വിഡ്ഢിത്തരങ്ങൾ പൊതു സമൂഹം വെള്ളമില്ലാതെ വിഴുങ്ങിക്കോളും എന്ന് കരുതിയ ഒരു മുത്തശ്ശിക്കാലം ഉണ്ടായിരുന്നു. 😁മണ്ണാങ്കട്ടയും കരിയിലയും ഒരുമിച്ചു ചന്തക്കു പോയ കാലം!! 😂ആ കാലവും ജനവും മാറി, പക്ഷെ പൗരോഹിത്യ മേല്കോയ്മയും അവരുടെ അരമനകളിലെ ആശ്രിതവേലയും കൂടി വരികയാണ്. ☝
കുറിപ്പ്: ☝ഈ കൊട്ടാരവിദൂഷകരോട് ആരു പറയും, 👉ഇതൊന്നും മാർപാപ്പ തന്റെ ഉച്ച ഉറക്കത്തിൽ പറഞ്ഞ പിച്ചും പേയുമൊന്നും അല്ല, ഇതൊക്കെ കാനോൻ നിയമത്തിന്റെ പരിധിയിൽ നിന്ന് വിവരമുള്ളവർ നിർവചിച്ച സത്യങ്ങളാണ് എന്ന്. 👌ഇനി SMC4U യഥാർത്ഥത്തിൽ എന്താണ് എതിർക്കുന്നതെന്നും എന്തുകൊണ്ട് ചില വ്യക്തികൾ അതിനെതിരെ പടവാള് കൂട്ടുന്നതെന്നും നാളെ പറയാം..✍