Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Kingdom of shameless and uncultured OBCs …..

Perhaps, Syro-Malabar Rite could be the only one of its kind in the whole world which is so widely deserted by its’ own members. Reports from the world around say that not many Kerala born Catholics willingly opt for it. Certainly, our High priests are sure to deny this statement. They think that the ‘Yes Father’ groups, always dancing to the Church tunes are the real laity. They may not see the restless spirits until one day everything shatters off. This article is an eye opener for all shepherds in the meadows. 

Shri Jose Paul from Delhi writes on what happened to the Joint Pastoral Letter which tried to amass all the Kerala Catholics over to Faridabad. Editor

Are our products of tradition so shameless?

“Those who are proud of their tradition and culture only should come forward to join Eparchy of Syro-Malabar Church.” The Archbishop of the diocese of Faridabad declared in his homily during the convention held in Delhi.

The JPL statement of Nov. 2013 said that the Syro-Malabar born Catholics in Delhi have ceased to be members of the Archdiocese of Delhi with retrospective effect from March 2012. It also stated that basically they have no choice. Fr. Padayatty, the spokesperson of this diocese stated that this JPL directive to be a member of the Eparchy of Faridabad is meant for all the Syrian born priests and nuns who are serving the Latin dioceses also.

Does anyone know that not a single priest or nun working in the Archdiocese of Delhi has responded to this call from the Eparchy with any sort of enthusiasm? Almost hundred percent of the Jesuit priests in Delhi region are from Kerala and almost hundred percent of these are born in Syrian families of the so called high tradition and culture. Have they lost their pride? According to the statement of the Archbishop, these Jesuits are shameless O.B.Cs without any class and culture. But these Jesuits officially claim that they are Syrians but determined to follow the Latin rite all over the world. They also say that they will ever remain as Syrians without submitting to similar threats. They say that they have the privilege being bi-ritual. Don Bosco congregational fathers and brothers, M.S.M fathers and many other congregations are also in the same track. The Delhi Catholics admire their bold stands.

Almost 50% of the priests in the whole of these two Dioceses belong to the traditional and cultured Syrian families. But none of them have even recognized the new Eparchy as their cherished diocese. They were the people who should have been welcoming a Syrian Bishop to salvage them from the clutches of the uncultured lot. They have become shameless, uncultured lot without any respect for tradition, according to the new dispensation of the Eparchy. Again, these were the fathers who left their comforts of life and chose remote places in the north to serve Christ. We salute them from the bottom of our hearts.

Look at the communities of brothers - the Patrician brothers, the Christian brothers, the Franciscan brothers, Montfort brothers and many other communities of brothers; all have more than 50 percent of Syrian born brothers. Each one of them hails from highly cultured and traditional Syro-Malabar families of Kerala. How many of them gave an empathetic expression to the “call” of the cultured Eparchy? Almost no one! Is it because they are not proud of their culture and tradition? At least they could have heeded to the call in the name of unity and love of Jesus. Still, not a single one did so. How can it be? The only reason is that they have experienced the clutches of a cultureless clergy and they have also lost their pride in their culture and tradition. What a shame? For us catholic laity of Delhi, these humble people were always examples of humility and love of Jesus.

The service of the Syrian born sisters in Latin congregation is Monumental. The innumerable convents in the north serving the Latin Church are Latin congregations having more than 60- 80 percent of the sisters from the traditional and cultured homes of the Syro-Malaber families. Think of the numbers in the whole of the Archdiocese of Delhi. The Jesus and Mary sisters, Presentation sisters, Holy child (Auxilium) sisters, Sisters of Charity (Bombino sisters), Sisters of charity (Mother Teresa), Mater dei sisters, Loreto sisters, Bethany sisters, Apostolic Carmel sisters, Holy family sisters, Notre Dame sisters, Sisters of St. Antony’s Schools, Our lady of Salvation sisters based in Meerut, Ursaline sisters and so many other congregations, all have Syro-Malabar born sisters in great numbers. But these are all Latin congregations.

In the whole Archdeacon area, there are thousands of Syro-Malabar born missionaries, most of them highly educated, highly qualified, serving and heading great educational and health care institutions. Their families in Kerala are proud of them for working in the real catholic mission. Many of them are heading these congregations and their provinces. According to the new establishment of Syro-Malabar Eparchy, these great numbers became uncultured people, who have no pride in their culture and tradition. Again not even one of them ever came forward to embrace the great culture and tradition. These are people who dared to come to face difficulties in the northern part of India and put a stamp to the love of Christ in the minds of the people. They have done excellent service in making Christianity shine in the North.

It only shows that the Syro-Malabar Catholics who are bishops, priests, brothers and nuns, were working proudly in the evangelical work hand in hand with Jesus Christ and the catholic lay people under Latin rite. These people have become uncultured bishops, priests, nuns and brothers for the hierarchy who consider religion as the most profitable corporate business houses and as a source of power and wealth. Remember that their families are proud of each one of these ‘shameless’ lot. None of their family members, not even their siblings and relations who may be in the vine yard of Jesus in Kerala will ever ask these people to affiliate themselves with the new culture and tradition. The new servants of the Jesus only come to places where there are already strong groups of Syro-Malabar laity and want just to sit on the throne even though the Syro-malabar people here do not welcome them and use indirect force to make them come under them. And they call it great culture and tradition and even aristocracy.

Who could be proud of the traditions and culture of the Syro-Malabar Church and Eparchy?  If you were born in a Syro-Malabar family in Kerala, became a priest in that rite but spend your life in Europe and Africa as an M.R.I. for a score long years of your prime youth, serving the European and African Latin churches serving in Latin rite, hiding the syro-Malabar label in the inner pocket, you will naturally become proud of your culture and tradition only as you come back to India. If you study and train yourself in Rome for the diplomatic services, willing to work anywhere in the world as an Inter-nuncio or in the Vatican diplomatic service, be ready to serve the Latin rite services anywhere in the world, even if it is in the capital of India, you can Keep the label of tradition and aristocracy and culture in the hiding place.

But, if the administrative decision went differently and made you the Bishop of a syro-Malabar Eparchy, and send you to India, You realised that you have to put on the mantle of the syro-Malabar Rite. Will not fate and the opportunities in life make us wear different Cloaks like the politicians of our days? Our congratulations to you are due for your ability to wear newer and newer timely masks. This is what is needed in diplomacy and politics. The words like culture, traditions Laws and values are changing and these can be twisted and turned according to our immediate needs.  This is the only new culture of our new establishment of Syrian Eparchy.


  1. വളരെയേറെ പരിചിന്തനം ചെയ്യപ്പെടേണ്ട ചില സത്യങ്ങളാണ് വസ്തുതകളുടെ വെളിച്ചത്തില്‍ ശ്രി. ജോസ് പോള്‍ ഇവിടെ കുറിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നത്. എന്തുകൊണ്ട് സ്വന്തം സമുദായം ഇത്രമേല്‍ സിറോ മലബാര്‍ സഭയെ വെറുക്കുന്നു എന്ന ചോദ്യത്തിന് വെറുപ്പിക്കുന്ന കാര്യങ്ങളെ അവര്‍ ചെയ്യാറുള്ളൂ എന്നതാണോ മറുപടി? ലളിതമായ ജീവിത ശൈലിയും അനുഷ്ടാനങ്ങള്‍ കൊണ്ട് കുത്തി നിറക്കാത്ത കര്‍മ്മങ്ങളും അവരെ വേറിട്ട്‌ നിര്‍ത്തുന്നു. സിറോ മലബാര്‍ അഭിഷിക്തരെ ഇഷ്ടമില്ലാ എന്ന് മാത്രമല്ല ശ്രി. ജോസ് പോള്‍ പറഞ്ഞത്; ലത്തിന്കാരുടെ സേവന തത്പരത അഭിനന്ദനീയമാണ് എന്ന് കൂടിയാണ്. നമ്മുടെ പാരമ്പര്യം പിരിവിന്റെതും സ്ഥാപനവത്കരണത്തിന്റെയും കാര്‍ക്കശ്യമുള്ള നിയമങ്ങളുടെതുമായിപ്പോയി. അത്മായനുമായി ഒരു സമ്പര്‍ക്കം ആഗ്രഹിക്കാത്ത പിതാക്കന്മാര്‍ അത്മായരുടെ ആവശ്യങ്ങളും പരിഗണിക്കുന്നില്ല. ഇതൊക്കെ തെറ്റായ ആരോപണങ്ങള്‍ ആണെന്ന് വാദിക്കുന്നവരും സര്‍വത്ര അക്ഷര തെറ്റ് കാണുന്നില്ലേ? വടക്കേ ഇന്ത്യയില്‍ നിന്ന് അവധിക്കു വന്നു പോകുന്ന നമ്മുടെ മിഷ്യനറിമാര്‍ വേണ്ടതിലേറെ ദുരനുഭവങ്ങളുമായാണ് മടങ്ങുന്നത് എന്നതാണ് സത്യം.
    ഞായറാഴ്ചകളില്‍ അളന്നു തൂക്കി, തയ്യാറെടുത്ത് ഒരു ലഘു പ്രസംഗം നടത്തുന്ന ലത്തിന്‍ കാരും, വായില്‍ തോന്നുന്നത് കോതക്ക് പാട്ട് എന്ന രീതിയില്‍ വായിട്ടലക്കുന്ന സിറോ മലബാര്‍ വൈദികരും അവരുടെ മുമ്പില്‍ വ്യത്യസ്ഥരായി എന്നും നില്‍ക്കും. വളരെ ചുരുക്കം സിറോ മലബാര്‍ വൈദികരെ ചിന്തിപ്പിക്കുന്ന രീതിയില്‍ അര്‍ത്ഥഗര്‍ഭമായി സംസാരിക്കാറുള്ളൂ.
    അണികളെ പിരിക്കുക, പരമാവധി പിരിക്കുക എന്ന സിറോ മലബാര്‍ പാരമ്പര്യവും പുശ്ച്ത്തോടെ കാണേണ്ട ഒന്നാണ്. സിവില്‍ എഞ്ചിനീയറിംഗ് വൈദിക പഠനത്തിന്‍റെ ഭാഗമായി നാം കാണുന്നു. യേശുവിന്റെ സന്ദേശത്തിലേക്ക് അനേകരെ കൂട്ടുക എന്നത് പോയിട്ട് ഒരാളെ എങ്കിലും കൂട്ടുക എന്നത് പോലും നമ്മുടെ പിതാക്കന്മാരുടെ പ്രവൃത്തിയിലില്ല, സംസാരത്തിലെ ഉള്ളൂ. നിയമങ്ങള്‍, നിയമങ്ങള്‍....കല്‍പ്പനകള്‍ .... ഇതെല്ലാം കൊണ്ട് ഒരു സാമ്രാജ്യം പടുത്തുയര്‍ത്താമെന്ന് ആരെങ്കിലും കരുതുന്നുണ്ടെങ്കില്‍ അവര്‍ക്ക് തെറ്റും എന്ന് പറയാന്‍ അധികം പാണ്ഡിത്യം ആവശ്യമില്ല.

  2. There should be many from among the congregations named above who read the observations of shree Jose Paul. I would welcome at least a few of the express their mind too through this blog. That should be an eye opener for the bishops of Syro Malabar Church which is only worried about the length and width of the territories they can claim. They keep aloof from everything else. So much hefty reaction has been caused by the unexpected JPL has surely taken them by surprise. Now the Eparch is going around with mumbling words to free himself from the hidden agenda of the SM Rite. But the very same words betry him as Jose Paul has pointed out

    So dear fathers, sisters and brothers working in the north, speak out with your feelings and emotions for all the world to hear.

  3. Sri Jose Paul wrote: I must thank you for publishing the notes that I am sending. As I said I am not a writer of narrative. I write maths books and that too I get services of experienced editors from Oxford University Press. I would like to point out a few changes in the article due to loss of clarity. I did not make it clear in that part.
    Under the Latin Archdiocese of Delhi, there are five diocese. Two of their bishops are Syrian born Bishops. The Bishop of Jammu and Kashmir and the bishop of Jallander. I meant, "Take the case of many diocesan priests of the whole territory of the Archdiocese, we see two bishops, and almost 50 percent or more of the priests are belonging to the traditional and cultured Syrian families."
    I am happy to note that you are getting enough of posts from various people. People are comming to know of the existance of Almayasabdam in a big way. Congratulation to your team for the great work.