Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Coptic Orthodox Pope Defies Egyptian Government

Good for him. I heartily support his efforts to stand his ground against this injustice.
* Court ruling had said divorced Copts could remarry

* Egypt's Orthodox Coptic Pope rejects remarriage ruling

* Coptic leader's most outspoken remarks so far

By Yasmine Saleh

CAIRO, June 8 (Reuters) - The head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church rejected on Tuesday a court ruling that Coptic men could remarry, saying the decision was against the church's principles and reflected interference in its affairs.

A court upheld a ruling last week that two Coptic men had the right to remarry even though divorced, a move seen as undermining the church's efforts to maintain authority over Christians in Muslim-majority Egypt.

The court decision was prompted by a rare intervention by Coptic Pope Shenouda who had launched an appeal on behalf of the church to overturn a similar court ruling made in March 2008.

Shenouda and 90 other officials in Egypt's Orthodox church had signed a document against the verdict, the pope said.
The money quote is this one:
"I am announcing that the church respects the law but it does not accept rules except from the bible," the pope said.
Well, he is close. But, even the Orthodox aren't Bible-alone Christians. But, I get what he is saying.

1 comment:

Thy Handmaid's son said...

Yeah, I think the Patriarch's key point is probably that Christians do not accept the Koran as binding upon us - whatever the "secular" authorities might say.