Father Paul Thelakat, spokesperson of the Syro-Malabar Church, says unity among the Churches is the need of the hour and local Churches should have more autonomy.
“There has to be more decentralization in the Church. What divides us is the question of power,” he said.
Kerala Catholics’ link with the Orthodox Churches is stronger than their relations with Protestants, Father Thelakat said. He said he was praying for these Churches’ union. “We alone can make that unity,” he said.
I’m not aware of a long-term precedent in Catholic-Orthodox relations, but I would bow to the knowledge of Henry, Neil, or others reading. Using the same churches and cemeteries, that’s a pretty easy adaptation. But practically, what does this mean for clergy trained in one rite being available for leading prayer in another? I’m assuming Indian Orthodox churches with their long pedigree on the subcontinent, use local languages. Catholics would too, since Vatican II. Do you suppose clergy will cross-train with workshops? Or is it as simple as “say the black; do the red” in the missal in which one finds oneself?