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  • Tuesday ,14 November 2017

Is there a regulation to select the new bishops?


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Tuesday ,14 November 2017

Is there a regulation to select the new bishops?

Some of our Coptic Church people have recently experienced some pitfalls, especially the youth of the Diaspora who were affected by the actions of some of their bishops and priests, who impose their control over the deacons of the Church, specifically when a new priest is appointed to their churches. In the terms of reference of churches financial and administrative committees.

I wrote two articles about the regulation to select the priests and deacons council in 2013 when the Holy Synod issued regulation of the selection of the priest, which was ignored by many bishops later as they ordain general priests and assign them later to certain churches.
After Pope Tawadros took office as Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, many problems arose concerning some of our bishops especially in the Diaspora. It is said that the bishop is married to the diocese and no one can shake him off his throne, which raised many problems and violated some customs and traditions of foreign countries. Most of the bishops of the Diaspora with Egyptian customs and traditions are not able to deal with the youth in the Diaspora who enjoy freedom and democracy.
Is it a good time for the Church and its Holy Synod to draft a new regulation of ordaining bishops instead of imposing monks randomly on the diocese without their peoples approval?
According to Pope Shenouda III, the people have the right to choose their patron to avoid future problems. This happened during the election of a bishop of the monastery of Muharraq. It is very hard process, but very important as well. Bishops should minister for at least 5 years and knows about the regulations and laws of the country in which he will serve. I should say here that many bishops of the Diaspora are known for their good work, experience, and love for their people, especially those who were raised and equated at the states they serve.