Let us pray, peace be with us:

"The Cross that has been the cause of our good and by which our mortal humanity was set free,
O Lord, be for us a strong fortress. And by this Cross, we shall overcome the wicked one and All his devices."

(Syro-Malabar Qurbana)

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Rite is a Right and no Option. Delhi Archbishop asks Syro- Malabarians to stay with their Mother, the Syro-Malabar Church

His Grace Archbishop Vincent M Concessao, the Archbishop of Delhi, clarified and corrected the mind of the Archdiocese, regarding the option prevailed during the formation of  Personal Parishes, through a recently circulated letter of 14th October, 2008 (Ref. No. BF/0946/2008):  "I would like to bring to your notice that we have received an official interpretation of a statement in Erga Migrantes, which on the surface seemed to allow Orientals to stay on in the Latin Parishes if they wanted to, when a Personal Oriental Parish established.  This provision does not apply to the Syro-Malabar Catholics and other Orientals. The mind of the Church is that they join the Personal Parishes" he exhorted.  Archbishop has also directed the faithful to contact the Apostolic Visitator, Bishop Mar Gratian Mundadan, if they have any grievances in this regard.  

The Church exists to proclaim the good news to all and to provide the necessary pastoral care to all those who are Christians.  All the ecclesiastical structures should be subordinate to this unique goal.  As the Catholic Church is the communion of Churches, this basic obligation is shared equally by all the Churches.  Hence, every individual Church has the right and obligation for evangelization and pastoral care.  No individual church can claim any kind of monopoly in this field.  Hence the Catholic Church teaches that they enjoy the same rights and are under the same obligations, even with respect to preaching the Gospel.  Communion of Churches is the result of a harmonious relation in justice and truth.  Where truth and justice are violated communion is also absent.  In Catholic communion, the Churches are united in the same faith, same sacraments and in the same hierarchical ministry.  They are equal in dignity and enjoy the same rights and obligations.

Pastoral care is the necessary consequence of evangelization.  Those who are baptized become the members of the Church.  They have to be spiritually nourished and pastorally guided.  Hence, the Catholic Church teaches us the necessity of pastoral care. The pastoral care has to be basically ecclesial and it should be in harmony with the heritage and particular pastoral set up in which the believers are spiritually born and brought up.  Hence the Catholic Church teaches that everywhere the necessary pastoral care proper to each individual Church i.e. without mixing with Latin elements should be provided to the faithful.  Thus the Catholic Church does not encourage Latinisation in any way. According to the pastoral vision of the Catholic Church, there can be pastors of more than one Church in the same place.  The Catholic Church does not approve any kind of exclusive territorial claims by any Church.  Every individual Church is universal and hence it cannot be confined to any restricted territory.  In such a situation the pastoral collaboration should be made more effective by means of regular consultation of the pastors of the same region.  It will build up pastoral solidarity and create an atmosphere of mutual co-operation and harmony.

Often suspicion and fear prevail in group-relationships because of misunderstandings regarding certain basic facts.  We must understand that the loss of one Church is not going to be the gain of other Churches.  Therefore, there is a need for Churches to be concerned, and earnestly interested in helping to overcome our difficulties.  The growth of the Church in our times will depend on the mutual understanding and sympathy that we all show now. We hope the pastors of the   Syro-Malabar Church in Delhi will put an end to the Latinisation of the  Syro-Malabarians. When Rev Fr Sebastian Vadakumpadan took over as Chaplain of the Syro-Malabarians in Delhi, he had established good discipline in matters Liturgical.  However, we are very sorry to say that there is no liturgical discipline in the    Syro-Malabar Church in Delhi today after the appointment of    Rev Fr Jose Edassery as the Co-Ordinator of the Syro-Malabarians in Delhi. Some of the priests namely  Fr John Chozhithara, Fr Tom Mullanchira, Fr Martin Palamattam, Fr Rajan Punnackal and so on always try to latinise the Syro-Malabarians by celebrating the Holy Qurbana looking at the people, offertory processions etc contrary to the instructions of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church. What was the necessity for Fr John Chozhithara to change the position of the Altar at Mayur Vihar Phase III? What was the necessity for Fr Martin Palamattam to change the position of the Altar for the last couple of Sundays and that too in our own Church at Palam?? And what was the reason for Fr Tom Mullanchira to celebrate the Holy Qurbana completely looking at the people when the relics of St Alphonsa were brought to the Janakpuri Syro-Malabar Church?  The "Co-Ordinator" is least bothered!!