ho·ly Audio pronunciation of "holy" ( P ) Pronunciation Key (hl)
adj. ho·li·er, ho·li·est
1. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
2. Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered: a holy book.
3. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly: a holy person.
4. Specified or set apart for a religious purpose: a holy place.
5. Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct: a holy pledge.
6. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
According to definition 1, it is more than fitting to call the 12 disciples HOLY since they were proven to be directly associated and belonging to the divinity and humanity of Christ and also for their personal contribution via the Holy Spirit to the Holy Bible.
The Church also is Holy from definition 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Since it is associated as the House of God where all are free to worship and congregate. I also am in full agreement with you regarding the members. If you breakdown/decipher the Aramaic language you will discover that we have two distinct words; Omra and Eeta. Omra literally means the Church building, however Eeta means the Church as the spiritual aspect which predominately defines to all faithful members (living and those who have passed on). When we say Church of the East, it isn't Omra of the East, but Eeta of the East.
Eeta d'Mudenkha (Church of the East)! So even by your definition of Holy, this would satisfy and advocate such a title.
Mar Bawai Soro is not the reason of our message and mission. He is solely our spokesperson and leader. He is a Bishop who shares our mission for centering Christ and releaving some of our "human" and restraining traditions. Unity and Reform of churches have been occuring before Mar Bawai Soro and will after him. This is nothing of just a leadership swap, but focusing more on saving the EETA of the East and putting it in the right direction with the right person. However, we are still happy and will retain certain traditions that do not cast aside and blur the primal mission of Christ.