The Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East Confronts Bishop Mar Bawai Soro

11/16/2005 3:27:16 AM

The Assyrian Church of the East Synod in Chicago ended after two weeks of discussions regarding various items on the agenda.

One of the topics of discussions were the numerous complains received against the bishop presiding over Mar Yousib Assyrian Church of the East in San Jose, California, His Grace Mar Bawai Soro.

Although the official letter from the Synod has not been made public yet, apparently the assembly of all the bishops of the Church of the East and His Holiness Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV, found the complaints against His Grace Mar Bawai Soro by his parishioners valid.

According to his admission during television interview and speeches to his small group of supporters, His Grace Mar Bawai Soro acknowledged that he was found guilty by his colleagues and His Holiness Partriach Mar Dinkha IV. His Grace declared that he rejects all the options presented to him by the Synod. Mar Bawai Soro stated that the three options were to either be transferred to Iran, Russia, or accept a period of two year freeze from his church activities.

No reaction has been received from the members of the Assyrian Church of the East in Russia to this moment, but the Assyrians of Iran are deeply offended by His Grace Mar Bawai Soro’s rejection to occupy the vacant bishop position in Iran. After all, Iran was the center of the Assyrian Church of the East Patriarchal Seat for many years, especially during the time of our beloved martyr Patriarch Mar Benyamin Shummon.

The following charges stand against bishop Mar Bawai Soro:

  • Alteration of the church doctrines, and hymns that have mentions of our holy Assyrian name.
  • Misappropriation of Mar Yousib church funds.
  • Numerous disrespectful letters sent to His Holiness Patriarch Mar Dinkha IV by the bishop, defying His Holiness’ authority and leadership.

The much anticipated official letter promised by the Synod, will shed more light on this sorrowful event. During its ancient history, The Assyrian Church of the East has overcome many plots, challenges, and conspiracies, but still remains pure and as strong as ever in the heart of the Assyrian people.