The Community Council of the Coptic Orthodox Church appeals against the Supreme Administrative Court’s ruling that forces the church to allow Copts to remarry.
The Supreme Administrative Court has allowed the Copt ‘Ātif Kyrillos to remarry.
The Community Council of the Coptic Orthodox Church put forth the ruling for discussion. The Community Council consists of 25 members headed by Pope Shenouda. The author states that the council also contains "a number of administrative judiciary," figures like Councilor Nabīl Mīrham, head of the Council of State and head of the first department at the Supreme Administrative Court, Councilor Edward Ghālib, vice speaker of the Council of State and head of the second department at the Supreme Administrative Court, Councilor Kamāl Shawqī, former vice speaker of the Council of State, Councilor Munsif Najīb Sulaymān, former vice speaker of the Council of State and others.
The author believes that the major crisis is related to the fact that the Community Council decided to appeal against Councilor Nawfal’s ruling on March 1, 2008 giving Copts the right to remarry and binding the church to issue such an authorization.
The author states that two prominent members of the Community Council belong to the leadership of the Council of State’s leadership; namely Nabīl Mīrham and Edward Ghālib.
The author further hinted that the current movement in this response nowadays is mainly due to news about a possible change in the leadership of the Council of State in June. The rumors included Nabīl Mīrham’s name who currently has the authority to freeze Councilor Nawfal’s ruling.
The author wrote: "Sawt al-Ummah revealed the conspiracy and the plan that the church is seeking with help of those who have a double authority before they are removed from the Council of State."
Al-Dab‘ wrote that Councilor Nawfal’s ruling not only binds the church to authorize second marriages for divorced Copts but also limits Pope Shenouda’s authorities, making him subject to the civil judiciary, which contradicts the "assumption that the judiciary does not have authority over the church."
According to the ruling the church becomes subject to the civil judicial authority, which, al-Dab‘ argues will encourage about "60 000" Copts who are in a similar situation to that of ‘Ātif’s to ask the church for compensation.
Finally, al-Dab‘ predicts that the Community Council’s case against Councilor Nawfal’s ruling will be subject to controversy in the coming days.