CBCI Office for Doctrine

CHAIRMAN
Most Rev Joseph Mar Kallarangatt
Bishop of Palai
Add : Bishop's House, Palai -686 575 (Kerala).
Tel (O) : 04822-202000
Fax (O) : 04822-211379
Mobile: 09447456651
Email (Office) : aramanapala@gmail.com
Email (P): bpkallarangatt@gmail.com
Websites: www.palaidiocese.com
www.palaidiocese.in
MEMBERS
Most Rev. Thomas Dabre
Bishop of Poona
Add : Bishop's House, 1-B, Prince of Wales Drive, Pune - 411 001. (Maharashtra)
Tel (O) : 020-26360065, 26361318
Tel (P): 020-26361001
Fax : 020-26343510
Mobile: 09923324220
Email (Office): punedioc@vsnl.com
Website:www.poonadiocese.org

Most Rev. Abraham Mar Julios
Bishop of Muvattupuzha
Add : Vimalagiri Bishop's House, Vazhappilly, Mudavoor P.O., Muvattupuzha - 686 669, Ernakulam District (Kerala).
Tel (O) : 0485-2812650, 2814191
Fax (O) : 0485-2814346
Mobile: 09447163377
E-mail (Office): kackanatt@hotmail.com
E-mail (P): amarjulios@gmail.com
SECRETARY
Fr. Joseph Pamplaniyil
Add: Sandesa Bhavan, Tellicherry-670101 (Kerala)
Tel (Office) : 0490-2344727
Mobile: 09495335872
E-mail: jpamplany@gmail.com
Website: www.alphathalassery.org

History
The C.B.C.I. General Body Meeting held in February-March, 1994 upgraded the Doctrinal Committee so far functioning under the auspices of the Commission for Clergy and Religious into A full-fledged Commission called Doctrinal Commission with Most Rev. Gali Bali, Bishop of Guntur as Chairman, Most Rev. Cyril Mar Baselios OIC, then Bishop of Sultan Bathery and Most Rev.Thomas Dabre, then Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay as members of the Commission.

Vision
The Office for Doctrine functions as an agent and instrument in the fulfillment of the mission of the Church in the concrete context of the ecclesial life and the realities and experiences of the country. More specially, it will contribute to the evangelizing mission of the Church by setting forth in ever greater clarity the message of the Gospel and promoting relevant and contextual reflection on Christian faith in fidelity to the teachings of the Church and its living tradition. As the Church in India is faced with growing challenges which it shares with the nation, such as pluralism, fundamentalism, casteism, globalization, growing poverty and injustice, there is the urgent need for developing an Indian theology that will seek to respond to these challenges of the context in the light of a mature faith and in dialogue with the religious and cultural traditions of the country. The Office for Doctrine wants to encourage and promote fresh, culturally-rooted and pastorally relevant theological reflections. It will also endeavours to create such structures and means as to serve the realization of this goal.

Moreover, availing itself of the rich theological reflections taking place in the country at various levels, the Office will endeavours to serve the C.B.C.I. and its Offices by helping to constantly renew their theological vision, which is indispensable today to arrive at enlightened decisions and to act in a pastorally meaningful way.

As an organ of the C.B.C.I. , the Office for Doctrine understands its task as one of mediation as well. It will seek to do a work of mediation at various levels- between the C.B.C.I. and the theological work that is being done at various levels in the Church (Church communities, institutes of theological education, etc) and between thee C.B.C.I. and Rome , especially the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith.

In the light of the above reflections, the Office will have the following objectives and functions:

Objectives
  • To be theological resource body for the CBCI, Standing Committee, CBCI Offices and individual bishops.
  • To facilitate the process of developing theology in the Indian context, suited to the pastoral needs of the Church. To foster an ecclesiology of communion among the three individual Catholic Churches and the Churches outside the Catholic Communion.
  • To foster relationship with and between theological faculties, institutes and departments of Christianity in the country.
  • To offer theological clarifications, look after the soundness of doctrine and render service of mediation in doctrinal conflicts and controversies.
  • To maintain liaison with the Doctrinal Commissions of the Episcopal Conferences of the FABC.
  • To establish an organic collaboration with congregation of the Doctrine of Faith ( CFD )
Functions
Area of Inspiration and Dialogue
  • Promotion of reflection on emerging challenges in Church and society.
  • Collaboration and joint programmes with other Commissions.
  • Preparation of documents on issues of national importance.
  • Commission also prepares documents of theological nature at the request of the Standing Committee or the Conference.
Area of Formation
Promotion of higher theological studies in India for seminary professors
  • Involvement of Bishops in theological reflection on various issues affecting Church and society.
  • Area of Theological Clarifications
  • Clarification of theological issues affecting the pastoral life of the Church (e.g. the challenge of neo-Pentecostalism sects, etc).
  • Promotion of theological understanding of the Latin and Oriental traditions in the Indian context.

Area of Mediation
Offer studied theological response to Vatican documents in the Indian context.
Mediation in situations of theological conflicts.
Liaison with various theological associations and bodies both in India and outside.
Be at the service of the Conference and thereby serve the Church in India.