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.
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
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.