73. The Holy Synod issued a ruling to isolate George Ḥabīb Bibāwī
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Dr. George Ḥabīb Bibāwī was excommunicated from the Coptic Orthodox Church following his latest offense against Pope Shenouda. The study published on the internet and summarized by Rose al-Yūsuf aroused the anger of the Coptic Orthodox Church who held an emergency session of the Holy Synod. The session discussed Bibāwī’s violations of the Orthodox doctrine and resulted in his excommunication.
The angry demonstrations of the people of Naj‘ Ḥammādī in al- ‘Abbāsīyah Cathedral against Bishop Bīshūy’s decision to dismiss Bishop Kyrillos, which forced Pope Shenouda to reconsider the decision, reveal that Copts can no longer stand the oppression of priests.
The present tension in the Coptic Church has been brought about by Coptic groups, similar to the political Islamic groups that use religion to achieve their own political goals. The Coptic Church is under threat of destroying its leading role in national unity and Egyptian history.
Dr. Isaac Fānūs freely spoke his mind about the issues he found important. Dr. Fānūs was critical about ecclesiastical institutions and leadership, including those in his own Coptic Orthodox Church. In this interview religions are described as societal entities that humans have created and manipulated for their own interests. God, on the other hand, is characterized by love and compassion and stands apart from those institutions. Father Dr. John Watson and Dr. Amīn Makram ‘Ubayd wrote short introductions to this interview.
29. Women and Copts…between citizenship and democracy
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In media it is now usual to criticize the racial discrimination culture and to suggest solutions by sympathizing with women by calling them “half of the society” and with Copts who are called “the other part of the nation tissue” without realizing that these names emphasize separation and division.