37. Did the pope really shock us?

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Rose al-Yūsuf publishes two responses to Ahmad al-Pasha’s article regarding the pope’s comments on recent Christian issues and responds to it.

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[To read the original article see AWR 2008 week 44, article 44]
In his response, Adil Jirjis defends Pope Shenouda while commenting on each point mentioned in al-Pasha’s article, al-Khatāyā al-Ashr [The Ten Sins], published in Rose al-Yūsuf magazine on November 7, 2008. Jirjis argues that although Ahmad al-Pasha believes the pope’s recent comments and declarations contains a lot of contradictions, they are the most important declarations since Father Shenouda became pope.
“In his article,” Jirjis writes, “the writer [al-Pasha] specifies the duties of the pope towards his people. The question now is: does the pope have enough power to achieve all his people’s demands and defend them? For example, does the pope have the right to demand putting “Christian” in the religion slot in the ID for Muslims who converted to Christianity?”
Jirjis further comments by wondering whether the pope was wrong when he said that the state security is a common participant in all the Christians’ problems; be them criminal or civil. “I would not talk about what the writer said about the monks taking the land at the Abū Fānā monastery,” Jirjis adds, “The monks have documented papers that prove their ownership of the land; something that would be proved by the state governmental bodies.” [Editor: where are those documents? Which journalist has seen them?]
“However,” Jirjis added, “The weirdest thing written in the article regarding the incidents of Abū Fānā was that the pope insists on punishing those who attacked the monks as well as Christians who killed the Muslim young man … Towards the end of the article, Ahmad al-Pāshā wondered why Christian men of religion would not give away the land; which means that he indirectly admits the monks’ ownership of the land.”
In response to Adil Jirjis’s article, Rose al-Yūsuf comments by saying that what he wrote gives the impression that Rose al-Yūsuf magazine is against Christians and the pope in particular which is not right. “It is true that Rose al-Yūsuf comments on every extremist comment or declaration regardless of religion or personal gains. However, it does this as part of the magazine’s liberal policy.”
The magazine then comments on certain points mentioned in Jirjis’s article. “What is really strange is that Jirjis has ignored his previous criticism to the pope and his decisions and policies and started to adopt a supporting role.”

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