Prot. No. 264 / 2005
Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, sends his fraternal greetings to Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry and Mar Mathew Moolakatt, brother bishops in the episcopate and to the people of God of the Eparchy of Kottayam.
The Eparchy of Kottayam, having been erected by H.H. Pope St.Pius X, of holy memory through the Papal Bull in Universi Christiani, on 29 August 1911, for the Knanaya community, has achieved commendable growth under the leadership of its Vicars Apostolic and Eparchial Bishops Mar Mathew Makil, Mar Alexander Choolaparambil, Mar Thomas Tharayil and the present Eparchial Bishop Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry which was strengthened also by the appointment of an Auxiliary and later Co-adjutor Bishop Mar Mathew Moolakatt. The request for raising the See of Kottayam to the Metropolitan status was made by the present Eparchial Bishop of Kottayam to the Apostolic See through the erstwhile Syro-Malabar Bishop’s Conference and later through the Syro-Malabar Bishop’s Synod. After the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church was granted the exercise of all its faculties, the request was renewed and the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church in its session held from 1 to 13 November 2004 gave its consent and the Holy See gave its no-objection with the explicit understanding that the Metropolitan See of Kottayam is to remain without a suffragan eparchy.
Therefore, in virtue of CCEO c. 85 and by the authority vested in him as the Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Major Archiepiscopal Church to provide the people of God entrusted to his care with pastors and efficient systems of governance, and guided by the consideration of the good of the faithful of the Eparchy of Kottayam and of the entire Syro-Malabar Church, the undersigned Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil, hereby elevates the Eparchy of Kottayam to the rank of a Metropolitan See without a suffragan eparchy. By a separate decree, Mar Kuriakose Kunnacherry, the present Eparchial Bishop of Kottayam has been appointed as the first Metropolitan of the newly erected Metropolitan See of Kottayam.
All contrary dispositions notwithstanding
Given at Kakkanad, from the Major Archiepiscopal Curia at Mount St. Thomas, on the 9th day of the month of May of the year 2005.