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Rome's evil

Jul-04-2000 at 01:31 PM (UTC+3 Nineveh, Assyria)

From the book The Early Spread of Christianity in India
By Alphonse Mingana (member of the Chaldean Catholic Church)

Before the Synod of Diamper of 1599, there were many Syriac MSS. in India, which contained an extensive biblical, liturgical, and patristic literature. The Synod, however, declared that all books which were opposed in any way whatsoever to the doctrine of the Church of Rome were to be burnt without pity. The order was actually carried out at Angamale, Chinganore, and elsewhere. The Biblical MSS. and the office-books of the Hudhra and Gazza were affected only to the extent that they had to be purged of all Nestorian names and Nestorian Saints, and generally amended in accordance with the teaching of the Church of Rome. (See Geddes, History of the Church in Malabar; and S. A. Cook, South Indian Syriac MSS.) Cambridge (Oo. 1. 22) and other MSS. show signs of such erasures. Rome did at the end of the 16th century with the Syrian Church of India what she did in the 2nd half of the 19th century with the Syrian Church of Syria, Mesopotamia and Persia. To the breviaries of the Nestorians and the Jacobites who, yielding to the prompting of the missionaries of the Church of Rome, accepted in the last few decades the infallibility and the absolute supremacy of the Pope, the decrees of the Synod of Diamper have been rigorously applied at the instance of the Congregation De Propaganda Fide. There is nothing East Syrian or Nestorian left for the historian and the impartial scholar in the Breviarium Chaldaicum printed at Leipzig in 1886-1887 (vols. i.-iii.), nor is there anything West Syrian or Jacobite in the Breviarium juzta ritum eccles. Antioch. Syrorum, printed at Mosul in 1886-1889 (vols. i.-vii.)

It would be useful here to give the titles of some East Syrian MSS. burnt by order of the Synod:
1. The book of the infancy of our Saviour, or the History of our Lady.
2. The book of John barialdon.
3. The book of the Fathers.
4. The book of the Pearl (of Abdisho).
5. The book of Maclamatas.
6. The life of Abbot Isaiah .
7. The book of the Synods.
8. The book of Timothy the Patriarch.
9. The letter which came down from heaven.
10. The Uguard or Rose.
11. The Camiz.
12. The book of the Commentary on the Gospels wherein it is stated that John and James are not the work of the Apostles (possibly the book of the Commentaries of Theodore of Mopsuestia).
13. The book of Rabban Hormizd.
14. The book of Narsai.
15. The book of Saints containing the lives of over a hundred Nestoriansmany of them current separately.
16. The book called Parsiman.
17. The book of Lots.

It is not surprising, therefore, that only few Syrian-Indian MSS. written before 1599 have come down to posterity. A relentless war waged on them in India since that date has made them very scarce, and by a curious irony of fate the Vatican library contains nearly all of them.

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