Dear brother india_ker_pala,
WELCOME!!! It’s always good to hear from other Traditions in this Forum.
I have read that there is discontent in the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church since the Holy Father has not given heed to requests for Patriarchal status, a request that was given in 2006. From what I’ve read, even though there is discontent, a majority of your bishops want to remain faithful to Rome. I thank you for making me/us aware of the extent of this discontent.
If the reason for this move towards the Patriarch of Antioch is the discontent over the matter of Patriarchal status, I would just like to inform you sincerely that you will not get much sympathy from the Syriac Patriarchate. As you might know, a schism exists within the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate for this very reason. The Syriac Patriarch operates under the same ecclesiastical belief as the bishop of Rome, with all the same theological rationales for his headship based on St. Peter’s headship of the Apostles as the bishop of Rome does. The schism exists because the daughter Church in India wants Patriarchal independence from the Syriac Patriarchate. The Syriac Patriarchate regards such nationalistic tendencies as heterodox.
Now, will you join the Syriac Patriarchate which will probably grant you the same autonomous or semi-autonomous status you have in the Catholic communion, or will you join the schismatic
Church which has self-proclaimed patriarchal status?
Of course this is assuming that the reason for your discontent and building a rationale to move away from Rome is the issue of patriarchal status. If you have other reasons, I’m not qualified or worthy to comment on them.