Monday, October 11, 2010

The Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches: Restoration of Full Communion? A Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Exchange of Views

Friday evening, November 5,2010 @ 7:30 PM

Nassau Community College Center for Catholic Studies

Lecture by Msgr. Daniel S. Hamilton, Ph.D.

Responses: Christopher Poulios, Ph.D. & Rev. Robert George Stephanopoulos, Ph.D.
From Newsday:

Nuns see orders diminishing on LI

"Sister Mary Loyola Engel is 102 years old and has been a nun for 80 years. She remembers when healthy numbers of young women entered her congregation, which founded the Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre.

But no one has entered the Congregation of the Infant Jesus in 40 years. The youngest member today is 61."

The story is not really news and of course the communities that wear habits, are faithful to the Church and do apostolic work together as communities continue to grow.

Syro-Malankara Church welcomes new bishop

"UNIONDALE — Amid the blare of horns and the clanging of cymbals, Syro-Malankara Catholics from around the country rejoiced as they welcomed a new shepherd for their flock. At a ceremony at Bishop Kellenberg Memorial High School here, Bishop Thomas Mar Eusebius was installed as the first leader of the newly-formed Exarchate for the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church in the United States. "

The above snip is from The Long Island Catholic where Bishop Murphy's column also focuses on this good news. Relations with the Eastern Churches has improved over the past 50 years and hopefully this trend will continue. Here is the link to the website of the Syro-Malankara Church and Here is a quick clip of the Bishop being lifted up in a chair by priests - I wonder if more video of the Mass is available?

From Bishop Murphy's column:

"If on Sunday afternoon October 3, you had been at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale you would have witnessed a remarkable event. Our Holy Father Pope Benedict, responding to a request from the leadership of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church, established a new exarchate or diocese for the Syro-Malankara faithful who live here and throughout the United States. At the suggestion of the Major Archbishop or Catholicos, His Beatitude Moran Mor Cleemis, the pope appointed a new bishop, Thomas Mar Eusebius, as the first Exarch or bishop for this Church who was given additional duties as official visitator of the Catholicos for members of the Church in Canada and Europe."

"Indian Christian tradition has long held that the Apostle Thomas evangelized India before being martyred. Thus India claims true apostolic foundation from Thomas as Rome does from Peter and Paul. The “Thomas tradition” has been carried through the centuries with a liturgy that is the same Mass as we have in the Latin Church. Yet the liturgy has its own forms of prayer and ritual that reflect the Thomas tradition and the Indian context that these Churches have lived for as long as there has been Christianity in that country. Through the centuries, theological differences brought about some divisions. Both the Syro-Malabar and the Syro-Malankara exist side by side. Both are eastern Syrian, similar in theological tradition to the Maronites of Lebanon, but each maintains certain particular characteristics. A great and holy Bishop, Mar Ivanios, brought the small group of Syro-Malankara back into communion with the pope in 1930 and thus we have today the flourishing Syro-Malankara Church in South India with this new branch of the vine of Christ established here on Long Island for all the United States."

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