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“Divorce is granted only in the case of adultery”—This is the solution the Coptic Constitution offers those who are affected by personal status crises and seek separation and divorce.  The late Pope Shinūda III issued a regulation in 2008 that expanded the reasons for divorce to two: adultery...
Montassar al-`Omda Mālik, a member of the Supreme Council of the Free Egyptians Party, said that the personal status law for Christians has a constitutional particularity, as the constitution states that the church participates in the drafting of sensitive and thorny clauses.
Bishop Antōnios `Azīz of the Gīza Coptic Catholic Diocese confirmed that Egypt's Council of Churches has not yet met to reach a consensus on a unified personal status law proposal for all five Churches, stressing that the Council's last meeting on this issue was last year.
An unresolved crisis now appears to be affecting relations between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the independent Christian newspaper Watanī.
Abu Maqar monastery issued a book titled ?The Divine Wisdom Behind the Structure of the Church.? The book tackles the role the church can play in the political sphere. According to the book, clergymen are not allowed to play a political role. Laymen can play a more effective role than clergymen...
After the big fuss made about a conference entitled, ‘Laymen and the Church,’ the conference sessions were completed and recommendations were announced. The following lines shed light on the conference sessions, on its final recommendations and on the aroused echoes.
This article analyzes an article that was published in the Karāza Magazine and asserts that people must be tried before being charged.
In this article the author tries to analyze bishop Bīshūy’s stance against him and other key Orthodox figures by quoting an email written by Dr. George Habīb Bibawi.
The article is an overview of a book titled “The mandates of the Ecclesiastical Judiciary in Egypt in the Different Eras” by Magdi Sadeq, a teacher at the Coptic Studies Institute. The book discusses the mandates of the church when it comes to judiciary system during the Arabic-Islamic era, the...
Issues of personal status and dismissed priests show that there is a discrepancy between civil and ecclesiastical rules. The church considers dismissing mistaken clergymen part of its authority. Still, the court deals with the decisions of the church administratively that can be appealed before the...
The article gives an overview of the contents of three books about Coptic Orthodox ecclesiastical law, published by the Monastery of Makarios. The three books are “The Dispensation of the Institution of the Church and the Discipline of the Priesthood,” “The Spiritual Authority in the Church and the...
The transcript of an interview with Bishop Marcos of Shubrā al-Khaymā about the rules regarding the succession of a pope, church and politics, Father Matā al-Miskīn and other subjects.
The personal status cases filed by a Christian couple following the same denomination are examined according to the law of their denomination. In many previous cases, personal statues courts gave their rulings in the light of the teachings of Christianity. According to Orthodox Copts, divorce can...
“The Divine Will Behind the Structure of the Church” is a book written by a monk from Anba Maqar monastery. It discusses many present issues concerning the church, its identity, principles and laws. The article covers most of the ideas expressed in the book.
The author argues that the government is required to give back the Christians’ rights and dignity if they are really keen on addressing the Copts’ passive attitude towards participation in public affairs. To sustain democracy, he argues that the Copts must be sufficiently represented in parliament.
Throughout the history of the Orthodox Church patriarchs have been using the right to defrock priests and punish bishops and monks in order to protect the Church teachings or to stop heretics. In the very modern history of the Church, many persons have been subjected to these punishments. Several...
The issue of the divorce of Copts has become a problem with no solution. There are at least 144,000 pending cases waiting for approval.
If Copts do not agree on using the Canon Law of the Coptic Orthodox Church for inheritance issues, they can resort to the Sharia, Islamic law. Many, writes Rose el-Yousef, do.
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