Most Rev. Raphy Manjaly
Archbishop of Agra
Address: Archbishop's House, Wazirpura Road, Agra - 282 003 (Uttar Pradesh)
Tel (O): 0562-2851318, 2526397
Tel (P): 0562-2853939
Mobile: (0)9452825772, (0)9119619222
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Most Rev. Mar Joseph Pamplany
Archbishop of Tellicherry
Address: Archbishop's House, Hollow Way Road, P. B. No. 70, Thalassery P. O. - 670 101 Kannur Dt. (Kerala)
Tel (O): 0490-2341058
Tel (P): 0490-2344977
Mobile: (0)9495335872
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Email (P): jpamplany
Rt. Rev. Peter Paul Saldanha
Bishop of Mangalore
Address: Bishop's House, Kadialbail Post, Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore - 575 003 (Karnataka)
Tel (O): 0824-2440524 / 2440525
Tel (P): 0824-2440421
Mobile (P): (0)9448858900
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Address: Profesor, Paurastya Vidyapitham St.Thomas Apostolic Seminary, Vadavathoor P.o. Kottayam Dt. – 686010(Kerala)
Mobile: (0)8281930454
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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.


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:

  • 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 )
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.