Christ is Born! Let us Glorify Him!
Hello everyone, although I am not a Coptic Christian, I am a member of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and I have a dear friend who is a Coptic Orthodox priest-monk from Egypt who lives in Canada now. He doesn't have a parish, and celebrates the Mass by himself most times. I don't think he even has a bishop--I've tried asking, but I don't get an answer (I'm thinking he doesn't understand me). My question: like the Byzantine Orthodox Churches, it is the same in the Oriental Orthodox Churches that a priest is always to be attached to either a parish or a monastery and be subject to a specific bishop at all times, or are dispensations sometimes granted for some to be "rogue" (for lack of a better word)? I don't know if I need to further break down my inquiry, but I'll put this out there first and work with the comments that come up. Thank you everyone.