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PERMANENT SYNOD REPORT


THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA 
CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA, INDIA

 

THE PERMANENT SYNOD

13 September 2006


REPORT

A meeting of the Permanent Synod of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church was held at Thirusannidhi, the Major Archbishop’s House, Pattom, Trivandrum on 13 September 2006. His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios, the Major Archbishop-Catholicos presided over the Synod. The members of the Synod, namely, His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos (President of the Synod), Most Rev. Isaac Mar Cleemis, Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos (Secretary of the Synod) were present. Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom could not be present due to the dislocation of his itinerary. Rev. Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC, the Chancellor, recorded the proceedings.
The meeting commenced at 9 a.m. on 13 September 2006. His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios Catholicos made the opening prayer.
His Beatitude, the Catholicos welcomed the members to the first meeting of the Permanent Synod, convened to prepare the next Ordinary Synod of the Church.  He said that the draft of the statutes of the Permanent Synod can be taken as a working instrument for the functioning of the Synod. He drew the attention of the members to the forthcoming Reunion Day Celebrations to be held under the auspices of the Eparchy of Muvattupuzha. He also said that the Permanent Synod was convoked to discuss about certain matters of urgent concern and introduced the following Agenda.

THE AGENDA

1.   Preparation for the Fourth Ordinary Synod – Agenda
2.   Erection of a new Eparchy
3.   Evaluation of the functioning of the Synodal Commissions, especially Synodal Commission for Liturgy
4.   Pastoral care of the Faithful in the extraterritorial regions of the Church
5.   Construction of the Catholicate Centre – Fund Raising 
Preparation for the Fourth Ordinary Synod – Agenda 
            There are some important issues to be taken up in the next Ordinary Synod of the Church to be held from 31 October to 3 November 2006. The most important of them is the often-discussed need to create other Eparchies from the Major Archieparchy of Trivandrum.
            Similarly, the meeting of the Secretaries of the Synodal Commissions has to be well prepared and conducted so that the Commissions become more efficient.
Erection of a new Eparchy
His Beatitude introduced the topic. He summarised the various proposals that are currently discussed in order to make the ecclesial and pastoral life of the Archieparchy of Trivandrum more effective. The Bishops evolved the following criteria for considering the proposal:
·     What is the need to create the Eparchies?
·     Will they be self-sufficient?
·     Will they enhance the unity and pastoral efficiency of the Church safeguarding the legitimate cultural diversity of the people?
The Bishops were of the opinion that it was not advisable to erect more than one Eparchy for the present.  After weighing the merits and demerits of the proposals on the basis of the criteria evolved, the Bishops decided to submit the following proposal to the Ordinary Synod on behalf of the Permanent Synod: “We propose to erect a new Eparchy consisting of the Presbyteral districts of Mavelikara, Kollam and parts of Chengannoor and Adoor, spread over the civil districts of Alapuzha, Kollam and Pathanamthitta. The see of the proposed Eparchy may be fixed at Mavelikara due its historical and cultural importance and as the birth place of Archbishop Mar Ivanios.”
Evaluation of the functioning of the Synodal Commissions, especially Synodal Commission for Liturgy 
            The Permanent Synod expressed its satisfaction at the initial functioning of the Synodal Commissions. It urged those concerned to prepare well for the forthcoming meeting of the Secretaries of the Synodal Commissions.
            The progress of the tasks undertaken by the Synodal Commission for Liturgy was assessed. The commission was encouraged to speed up and complete the work to publish all necessary liturgical books.
            It was evaluated why the published Prārthanakramam (Order of Prayers) was not accepted by the Faithful. It was noted that the changes introduced were not appreciated by the Faithful. Hence it was decided to review the book. His Beatitude the Catholicos informed the Bishops that since the matter was raised in the meetings of the Major Archiepiscopal Eparchial Presbyteral Council, Rev. Fathers Philip Chempakasseril and P.G.Thomas Panicker were asked to review the published book and suggest corrections needed. 
Pastoral care of the Faithful in the extraterritorial regions of the Church
a)   Gulf Countries: The arrangement for the pastoral care of the faithful in the Gulf Countries was discussed. It was proposed that it would be good to send a priest to Kuwait. The present confusion created there by the Local Ordinary through appointing a Latin Priest to cater to the pastoral needs of the Malankarites, has to be cleared through correspondence with the Bishop of Kuwait.
b)   Extraterritorial Regions in India: The proposal for the appointment of an Apostolic Visitator with Episcopal character is under consideration of the Holy See and its decision is awaited. The question that came up for consideration is: where will the Apsotolic Visitator reside? Under the socio-political circumstances, it would be ideal to have the residence of the Apostolic Visitator in New Delhi, the capital of our country. The infrastructure at Vasant Kunj, Delhi and the new centre under construction in Delhi shall be utilized for this. It was observed that this is an arrangement done with synodal understanding. The maintenance of the priests and parishes, is to be taken care of by the respective parishes for the time being and later, it could be taken up by the Apostolic Visitator. The general consensus was that our North Indian parishes and missions should become self-sufficient.
Construction of the Catholicate Centre 
His Beatitude, the Catholicos gave details of the fund-raising-process with the local collections made so far.The estimated cost of the existing buildings of the St. Aloysius Seminary that are to be handed over to the Catholicate Centre, was presented to the Permanent Synod and approved by the Synod.


CONCLUSION 

The meeting of the Permanent Synod was concluded at 4 p.m. with the prayer and the blessing of His Beatitude, the Major Archbishop-Catholicos.


Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos
Secretary of the Synod
                                                                        
Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC
Chancellor

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA

CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA INDIA

 

THE PERMANENT SYNOD 

13 September 2006

 

DECISIONS


The Permanent Synod that met on 13 September 2006 decided:

1.   To submit the following proposal to the Ordinary Synod on behalf of the Permanent Synod: “We propose to erect a new Eparchy consisting of the Presbyteral districts of Mavelikara, Kollam and parts of Chengannoor and Adoor spread over the civil districts of Alapuzha, Kollam and Pathanamthitta.  The See of the proposed Eparchy may be fixed at Mavelikara due its historical and cultural importance and as the birth place of Archbishop Mar Ivanios.”

2.   That the recently published Prarthanakramam (Order of Prayers) be reviewed to correct mistakes

3.   That the Apostolic Visitator with Episcopal character, who will be appointed by the Holy See, for the Malankara Catholics residing outside the canonical territory of the Malankara Catholic Church in India, will have his residence in New Delhi, the capital of our country.

Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos 
(Secretary) 

Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC 
(Chancellor) 

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA 
CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA, INDIA

 

THE PERMANENT SYNOD

5 March 2007


REPORT

             A meeting of the Permanent Synod of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church was held at the Synod Hall in the Catholicate Centre on 5 March 2007.  His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, the Major Archbishop-Catholicos presided over the Synod. This is the first meeting of the Permanent Synod presided over by His Beatitude, who was enthroned Major Archbishop Catholicos this morning. All the members of the Synod, namely, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos (President of the Synod), Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom and Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos (Secretary of the Synod) were present. Rev. Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC, the Chancellor, recorded the proceedings.
The meeting commenced at 3 p.m. on 5 March 2007. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis said the opening prayer. After the prayer, the senior most Metropolitan and outgoing Synodal Administrator of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, felicitated His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis on his assuming the office.
His Beatitude, the Catholicos welcomed the members to the meeting of the Permanent Synod, convened under his chairmanship, for consultation as per norms of c 220.3o, in appointing an Administrator to the Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla which fell vacant at his enthronement. His Beatitude thanked the Synodal Administrator, Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios for his inspiring leadership during the vacancy of the Major Archiepiscopal See of the Malankara Church.  His Beatitude remarked that it was indeed a special divine providence that Mar Divannasios became the Synodal Administrator of the Church.  His Excellency  fulfilled his obligations and conducted the Holy Episcopal Synod of Election and the liturgy of the Enthronement of the newly elected Catholicos  in a praiseworthy manner. They have set an example to the other individual Churches and are very much appreciated by all. It enhanced the lustre of the ecclesial individuality of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church and vindicated the raison d’être of the canonical status to which the Church was raised by the Roman Pontiff.
Then, His Beatitude, the Catholicos, introduced the following agenda of the meeting.

THE AGENDA 

1.   Appointment of an Administrator for the Archieparchy of Tiruvalla
2.   Canonical Provision for the vacant Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla

1. Appointment of an Administrator for the Archieparchy of Tiruvalla
His Beatitude, the Catholicos introduced the topic as the main point of deliberation for the Synod. In the discussion that followed, all the members present were of unanimous opinion that it would be better to appoint, Rt. Rev. Chrian Ramanalil Corepiscopo, the Protosyncellus of the Archieparchy as the Administrator, as it would ensure continuity of administration. His Beatitude, the Catholicos delared this decision and it was welcomed by all.

2. Canonical Provision for the Vacant Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla
The Permanent Synod observed that the vacancy of the Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla shall be filled up as early as possible, as prolonged period under an Administrator would be detrimental to the ecclesial life of the Archieparchy.  Hence, necessary steps should be taken for the appointment of a new Bishop at the earliest.  The Catholicos informed that the Holy Episcopal Synod is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 10 March 2007 and that letters for its convocation will be handed over soon.

CONCLUSION

            His Beatitude thanked all the members of the Synod for being present after the long liturgy of the enthronement. The meeting concluded at 4 p.m. with the prayer and the blessing of His Beatitude, the Major Archbishop-Catholicos.


Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos
Secretary of the Synod
                                                                        
Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC
Chancellor

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA

CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA INDIA

 

THE PERMANENT SYNOD 

5 March 2007

 

DECISIONS

The Permanent Synod that met on 5 March 2007 decided to recommend Rt. Rev. Corepiscopo Cherian Ramanalil to be appointed Administrator of the Vacant Meropolitan See of Tiruvalla.

 

Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos 
Secretary of the Synod 


Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC 
Chancellor

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA 
CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA, INDIA

 

Extraordinary Holy Episcopal Synod

10 March 2007


REPORT

             His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos convoked an Extraordinary Synod at the Synod Hall of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia in the Catholicate Centre, Pattom, Trivandrum on 10 March 2007.  It was the day of the Episcopal Ordination of Rt. Rev. Remban Chacko Aerath OIC who was ordained after the name Jacob Mar Barnabas.  At 3 p.m., all the Synod Fathers - His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos (President of the Synod), Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos (Secretary of the Synod), Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom, Most Rev. Joshua Mar Ignathios, Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Timotheos, Most Rev. Joseph Mar Thomas and Most Rev. Jacob Mar Barnabas – assembled at the Synod Hall.

His Beatitude, Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis welcomed all the Bishops for the Extraordinary Synod. He paid glowing tributes to all his venerable predecessors, especially to His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios of happy memory, the First Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church. He welcomed Most Rev. Jacob Mar Barnabas to the Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church.  He thanked the Holy Father, the Congregation for the Oriental Churches and other offices of the Holy See and the Apostolic Nuncio in India, for taking this initial step towards the pastoral care of the Malankara Catholics in India, outside the territorium proprium of the Church.  He congratulated the new Bishop for his eminent qualities and spirit of dedication to the Church.  He reminded the Synod Fathers the historical importance of this first Synod, he convoked.  He said that the immediate purpose of the Holy Episcopal Synod was to deal with some of the important canonical requisites of our Ecclesial life that arose due to his enthronement as Major Archbishop-Catholicos of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, namely, the need to fill up the vacancy of the Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla, to fill up the vacancy in the Permanent Synod, to effect certain changes in the chairmanship of the Synodal Commissions, etc.  He also drew the attention of the Synod Fathers to the canonical arrangements necessary for the pastoral care of the faithful outside the territorium proprium of the Church in the light of the new canonical developments. Requesting the whole hearted and prayerful support of his brother-Bishops, he declared the Synod open.

The Presentation of the Agenda
His Beatitude then presented the agenda of the Synod:
1.    Inaugural Address
2.    Presentation and Approval of the Agenda
3.    Reports and Decisions of the Fourth Ordinary Synod, Extraordinary Synod (held on 23 November 2006) and the First Holy Synod of Election.
4.    Representatives to the Permanent Synod
5.    Construction of the Catholicate Centre.
6.    Common Celebrations (July 15, September 20)
7.    Canonical Provision for the Vacant See.
8.    Synodal Commissions 
9.    Approval of the Canonical Petition of the Cause of Canonization of Mar Ivanios
10.  Matter subsecreto 
11.  Concluding Message
The agenda was approved with the addition of the following topics: The Patron’s Day of the Catholicos, Organisation of Ecclesial Life outside the Territorium Proprium in India and New Appointments in St. Mary’s Malankara Seminary.
Reports and Decisions of the Fourth Holy Episcopal Synod, Extraordinary Synod (23 November 2006) and the First Holy Episcopal Synod of Election
The Reports of the Fourth Ordinary Synod, the Extraordinary Synod held on 23 November 2006 and the First Holy Synod of Election were read out by Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos, the Secretary of the Synod and Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC, the Chancellor. After clarifications and corrections, the reports were passed at the proposal of Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, supported by Most Rev. Joseph Mar Thomas.
The Patron’s Day of the Catholicos
The members of the Synod suggested that it would be good to fix a particular day as the feast of the patron of the Catholicos. Which day will the Catholicos celebrate as his Patron’s Day - the feast of St. Basil or St. Clement?  It was decided that the name “Baselios” being the titular name of the Catholicos, the feast of St. Basil on 1 January shall be celebrated as the Feast of the Patron Saint of the Catholicos of our Church. However, taking into account the social festivity of the New Year Day, it shall be celebrated on 2 January every year.  
Representatives to the Permanent Synod
The place of His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, who was a member of the Permanent Synod, became vacant on his enthronement as Major Archbishop-Catholicos.  To fill in the place, the Synod elected Most Rev. Joshua Mar Ignathios, the Eparchial Bishop of Mavelikara.  The Synod also elected the substitute members of the Permanent Synod as per canon 115 §3.  Most Rev. Joseph Mar Thomas, Most Rev. Jacob Mar Barnabas and Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Timotheos, who according to the order of precedence stated here, shall substitute the absent members of the Permanent Synod when its meeting would be convoked.
New Appointments at St. Mary’s Malankara Seminary 
The Synod deliberated on the appointment of the new staff members in the Malankara Seminary as most of the office-bearers had completed their stipulated term of office. The Rector Rev. Fr. George Kalayil, the Dean of the Faculty of Theology Rev. Fr. Philip Chemapakassery, the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy Rev. Fr. Thomas Naickamparambil and the Procurator Rev. Fr. P.T. George had completed their term of three years or more in office. The present Spiritual Father, Rev. Fr. Jose Kadakampallil had to leave the seminary as he was appointed Rector of the Minor Seminary of the newly erected Eparchy of Mavelikara. The Synod, after elaborate evaluation and discussion, proposed to appoint Rt. Rev. Corepiscopo Thomas Thannickakuzhy as Rector, Rev. Fr. Stephen Thottathil as Dean of the Faculty of Theology, Rev. Fr. Jose Mariadas Padipurackal OIC as Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, Rev. Fr. Daniel Kulangara as Procurator and Rev. Fr. Mathew Pallathumuriyil as Spiritual Father.  
The Holy Episcopal Synod also was of opinion that Priests from other Churches could be appointed on the teaching staff and as Spiritual Father, if need arises.
Organisation of Ecclesial Life outside the Territorium Proprium in India 
How to organise the parishes and communities in the Extra-territorial Regions of the Church in India was a major discussion in the Synod. It was observed that the canonical status of our communities remains the same even though an Apostolic Visitator, with Episcopal character, is appointed by the Holy See.  In order to organise our communities outside the territorium proprium, the Apostolic Visitator shall take over the work done by the Ecclesiastical Co-ordinator, Very Rev. Fr. John Berchmans OIC.  In all practical purposes, the churches, institutions and other entities outside the territorium proprium, which are now built up by the Eparchies and the churches built up by the Order of the Imitation of Christ (Bethany Ashram), should be combined into a single unit under the authority of the Apostolic Visitator. The Priests, Religious and the Laity with all their apostolic activities for the Malankara Catholics in India outside the territorium proprium form a single unit of ecclesial activities under the guidance of the Apostolic Visitator. The Priests now working in this region and are incardinated in the particular Eparchies maintain their status quo, but they are entrusted to the Apostolic Visitator.  They should work under him for the period of time agreed upon by the respective Eparchial Bishop and the Apostolic Visitator. Similarly, the Priests of Bethany Ashram, who work in parishes and mission centres too are entrusted to the Apostolic Visitator.  All institutions, which are now managed by the Eparchies, shall be entrusted to the Apostolic Visitator.  Their legal ownership shall be transferred to the ApostolicVisitator in due course, after ascertaining their assets and liabilities. To discuss and settle the ownership and management of the churches established and built up by Bethany Ashram, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos and Most Rev. Joshua Mar Ignathios will meet the Superior General and the Provincial Superiors of Bethany Ashram on 14 March 2007.

The Construction of the Catholicate Centre

                        It is expected that the new building of St. Aloysius Minor Seminary, which now functions at the site allotted for the Catholicate Centre, will be completed and blessed in April 2007.  The construction of the Catholicate Centre, which is to house the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, could begin after that.
It was proposed that the amount to be realised from the common property of the seminary of the Catholic Churches of Kerala at Kakkanadu, could be used as a reserve fund for the Malankara Major Seminary and the Catholicate Centre.  One third of the amount could be used for the construction of the Catholicate Centre.
Common Celebrations (15 July , 20 September)
In the discussion that followed, it was decided that 15 July 2007 being  Sunday, the ecclesial-level-commemoration of Mar Ivanios shall be held on Saturday, 14 July 2007.  Hence the Padayātra from Ranni-Perunadu to the tomb of Mar Ivanios at Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram shall commence on 9 July 2007.
      Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, the Bishop of Bathery, informed the Synod that the preparations for the celebration of the 77th Reunion Day, the Platinum Jubilee of the reconstitution of the Malankara Hierarchy in the Catholic Communion and the 125 years of the birth of Archbishop Mar Ivanios are progressing.  The celebrations will be held at Kodenchery near Thamarassery.
Canonical Provision for the Vacant Sees
The next item on the agenda was the canonical provision for the vacant Archieparchial See of Tiruvalla.  In the discussion on the modalities of the provision, it was decided:
1.   to make immediate provision for the vacant Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla
2.   to  transfer a senior Bishop to the vacant Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla
 In the election by secret ballot, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos, Bishop of Muvattupuzha was elected.  It was decided that the name shall be intimated to the Apostolic Nuncio, so that he would arrange for its simultaneous announcement in Rome, Trivandrum and Tiruvalla.
An Eparchial Bishop is to be provided to the See of Muvattupuzha when the same becomes vacant due to the transfer of Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos from the See.  Hence the Synod, according to the norms of the Holy Canons, prepared a list of candidates for Episcopacy.  According to CCEO c 182 §3, the Catholicos is to transmit the list to the Apostolic See to obtain the assent of the Roman Pontiff.  
Synodal Commissions
Because of the changes in the Episcopate, there arose the need for a few changes in the Chairmanship of the Synodal Commissions.  His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleems was proposed to chair the Synodal Commission for Seminary Formation, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos to chair the Synodal Commission for Liturgy and Most Rev. Jacob Mar Barnabas to chair the Synodal Commission for Evangelisation. The proposals were accepted
Approval of the Canonical Petition of the Cause of Canonisation of Mar Ivanios
The Catholicos informed the Synod Fathers that he will pursue the deliberations of the Fourth Holy Episcopal Synod on the cause of canonisation of Archbishop Mar Ivanios and the steps taken by His Beatitude Moran Mor Cyril Baselios of venerable memory, in the acceptance of the Petition of the Cause.  He also said that the announcement of the acceptance of the Petition shall be made on the day of his commemoration.  Thereafter, Archbishop Mar Ivanios shall be called “Servant of God”. The Synod Fathers endorsed the decision of the Catholicos. 
Matter Subsecreto
The matters posted under this on the agenda were discussed and finalised.

Conclusion

The other topics on the agenda were deferred to the next Holy Episcopal Synod.  It was agreed upon that the next and the fifth Ordinary Holy Episcopal Synod shall be convoked from 3 p.m. on 9 October to 12 October 2007.  His Beatitude, the Catholicos concluded the Synod with a call to a renewed dedication and renewal of life as we approach the end of the great lent.  He thanked the Synod Fathers for their participation in the Synod in spite of the heavy schedule of the day.  The Synod ended at 8 p.m. with the prayer and apostolic blessing by his His Beatitude the Catholicos.

Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos
Secretary of the Synod
                                                                        
Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC
Chancellor

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA

CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA INDIA

 

Extraordinary Holy Episcopal Synod

10 March 2007

 

DECISIONS

The Extraordinary Holy Episcopal Synod of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church held at the Major Archiepiscopal Curia, in the Catholicate Centre, Pattom, Trivandrum, on 10 March 2007 studied and prayed over the following matters and decided:
I. The Patron’s Day of the Catholicos
1.  That the name “Baselios” being the titular name of the Catholicos,  the feast of St. Basil on January 1 shall be celebrated as the Feast of the Patron Saint of the Catholicos of our Church. However, taking into account the social festivity of the New Year Day, it shall be celebrated on 2 January every year.  
II. On the Canonical Provision for Vacant Sees
2. To make canonical provision for the vacant See of Tiruvalla according to the following modalities:
a.   to make immediate provision for the vacant Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla
b.   to transfer a senior Bishop to the vacant Metropolitan See of Tiruvalla
3. To send the name of Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos, the Eparchial Bishop of Muvattupuzha, who was elected to fill in the vacant See of Tiruvalla, to the Apostolic Nuncio, so that he would arrange for its simultaneous announcement in Rome, Trivandrum and Tiruvalla.
4. To fill in the vacancy of the See of Muvattupuzha, according to the norms of the Holy Canons from a list of candidates for Episcopacy. According to CCEO c 182 §3, the Catholicos shall send the list to the Apostolic See to obtain the assent of the Roman Pontiff.  
Approval of the Canonical Petition of the Cause of Canonization of Mar Ivanios 
5. His Beatitude the Catholicos shall pursue the the process of acceptance of the Canonical Petition submitted by the Postulator for the Cause of Canonisation of Archbishop Mar Ivanios and shall approve the petition according to the norms given by the Holy See. In case, he approves the petition, it shall be announced in the Church on the day of the commemoration of Mar Ivanios.
6. That 15 July 2007 being a Sunday, the ecclesial-level-commemoration of Mar Ivanios shall be held on Saturday, 14 July 2007. 
7. Matter sub-secreto

 

Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos 
(Secretary) 

Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC 
(Chancellor)

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA

CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA INDIA

 

Extraordinary Holy Episcopal Synod

10 March 2007

 

GUIDELINES


The extraordinary Synod that met on 10 March 2007 gave  the following directives for:

1. The Organisation of Ecclesial Life of the Malankara Catholics in India outside its Territorium Proprium 
           a. It is to be understood that the canonical status of our communities remains the same even though an Apostolic Visitator, with Episcopal character, is appointed by the Holy See.  
           b. In order to organise our communities outside the territorium proprium, the Apostolic Visitator shall take over the work done by the Ecclesiastical Co-ordinator, Very Rev. Fr. John Berchmans OIC.
           c. The churches, institutions and other entities outside the territorium proprium, which are now built up by the Eparchies and the churches established and built up by the Order of the Imitation of Christ (Bethany Ashram), should be combined into a single unit under the authority of the Apostolic Visitator.
           d. The Priests, Religious and the Laity with all their organisations and apostolic activities for the Malankara Catholics in India outside the territorium proprium form a single unit of ecclesial activities under the guidance of the Apostolic Visitator.
           e. The Priests now working in this region and are incardinated in the particular Eparchies maintain their status quo, but they are entrusted to the Apostolic Visitator.  They should work under him for the period of time agreed upon by the respective Eparchial Bishop and the Apostolic Visitator.
           f.  The Priests of Bethany Ashram, who work in parishes and mission centres too are entrusted to the Apostolic Visitator.
           g. All institutions, which are now managed by the Eparchies, shall be entrusted to the Apostolic Visitator.  Their legal ownership shall be transferred to the Apostolic Visitator in due course, after ascertaining their assets and liabilities.
           h. Regarding the ownership of the churches and institutions established and built up by Bethany Ashram, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos and Most Rev. Joshua Mar Ignathios will meet the Superior General and the Provincial Superiors of Bethany Ashram on 14 March 2007and discuss and settle the matter.
2. Use of the amount to be realised from the common property of the seminary of the Catholic Churches of Kerala, at Kakkanadu.
It could be used as a reserve fund for the St. Mary’s Malankara Seminary and the Catholicate Centre. One third of the amount could be used for the construction of the Catholicate Centre.

 

Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos 
(Secretary)

 Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC 
(Chancellor) 

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA 

CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA, INDIA

 

THE PERMANENT SYNOD

2 May 2007


REPORT

 

A meeting of the Permanent Synod of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church was held at Marygiri Archbishop’s House Tiruvalla on 2 May 2007. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis, the Major Archbishop-Catholicos presided over the meeting.
All members of the Synod, namely, His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis Catholicos (President of the Synod), Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos (Secretary of the Synod), Most Rev. Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Most Rev. Yoohanon Mar Chrysostom were present. Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC, the Chancellor, recorded the proceedings.
The meeting commenced at 3 p.m. on 2 May 2007. His Beatitude Moran Mor Baselios Cleemis said the opening prayer. He welcomed the members to the meeting of the Permanent Synod, convened for consultation as per norms of c 220.3o, to appoint an administrator for the Eparchial See of Muvattupuzha which fell vacant at the enthronement of His Grace Thomas Mar Koorilos as Metropolitan Archbishop of Tiruvalla.
THE AGENDA  AND DISCUSSION
His Beatitude introduced the topic, appointment of an Administrator for the Eparchy of Muvattupuzha, as the point for deliberation of the Synod. The Synod first evaluated the present status of the young Eparchy of Muvattupuzha.  In the discussion that followed, all the members present were of unanimous opinion that it would be better to appoint the Protosyncellus of the Eparchy of Muvattupuzha, Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Varghese Easwarankudiyil as the Administrator, as it would ensure continuity of administration. His Beatitude, the Catholicos declared this decision and it was welcomed by all.
CONCLUSION

His Beatitude thanked all the members of the Synod for being present at the meeting of the Permanent Synod, after the long liturgy of the enthronement.  The meeting concluded at 4 p.m. with the prayer and the blessing of His Beatitude.

 

Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos
Secretary of the Synod
                                                                        
Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC
Chancellor

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THE SYRO-MALANKARA CATHOLIC CHURCH

MAJOR ARCHIEPISCOPAL CURIA

CATHOLICATE CENTRE, TRIVANDRUM- 695 004, KERALA INDIA

 

THE PERMANENT SYNOD 

2 May 2007

 

DECISIONS

         The Permanent Synod that met on 2 May 2007 decided to recommend Rt. Rev. Msgr. John Varghese Easwarankudiyil to be appointed Administrator of the Vacant Eparchial See of Muvattupuzha.

 

Most Rev. Thomas Mar Koorilos 
(Secretary) 

Fr. Antony Valiyavilayil OIC 
(Chancellor)

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