Thank you very much Dr. Kottoor for clarifying Roshan Francis’ doubt whether Archbishop Bharanikulangara’s title is Bishop or Archboshop. To prove the point, you quoted from Archbishop’s e-mail to you saying that though he is the pastor of a diocese Holy Father gave him the title of Archbishop ad personam. I believe the Archbishop. I don’t need any documentation.
I think the Bishop/Archbishop issue is simply ridiculous. So a debate on this personal title issue need not continue as it will be detrimental to the blog. It is making a mountain out of a mole hill. Many readers and well wishers of Almayasabdam called me personally to express their disappointments even though I am just a contributor to the blog from Detroit, USA.
Let Almaysabdam instead concentrate on more serious general Church issues and other serious Rite-related issues like creation of newly planned Eparchies in other Indian cities like Chennai, Bangalore or in foreign countries other than USA and Australia. They are being planned by the CMC. Faithful in Chennai are already expressing their fears and anxiety to all those who can help them.
As far as I know, Archbishop Bharanikulangara is the most progressive and liberal bishop in SMC hierarchy. Dr. Kottor’s statement in this regard is very important. Therefore let me quote it here: “For all I know the Eparch of Faridabad is quite unlike other Syromalabar bishops. I see him as a person like Pappa Francis who gives interviews even to secular papers and atheist editors. Didn’t he give a prolonged interview to Malayala Manorama on the burning issue of Syro-Latin Rite explosion in Delhi? As far as I know, no other bishop has opened his mouth on it although media in India and abroad discussed it a great deal”.
As far as I understand, Almayasabdam is fighting for the modernization of the Catholic Church along with exposing Church issue to the public. Pope Francis is our leader. And we need Archbishop Bharanikulangara’s help too.
Archbishop Bharanikulangara understood the Rite issue in Delhi and he is trying his level best to rectify the situation to help the church citizens. I am an ardent believer that the church citizens who are immigrants to the other parts of India as well as the other parts of the world should have the option to select their Rite.
Almayasabdam should be very vigilant. There are lots of rumours running around. Don’t believe all that and write articles or comments based on those rumours. Archbishop Bharanikulangara is, in fact, one of the best bishops in SM hierarchy. It is very easy to damage the reputation of a person in this social media age. Progressive thinking church citizens need Archbishop Bharanikulangara. Knanaya community and Chenganacherry faction may try their level best to discredit the Archbishop.
When Bishop Kunnassery asked for Archbishop title nobody was making such commotion at that time. He asked for the title. What a shame. But Archbishop Bharanikulangara didn’t ask for the title but Holy Father gave him the title because of his diplomatic status at that time. He earned the title. But the Archbishop title is bestowed upon Bishop Kunnassery to please him and the Knanaya community.