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it is really difficult to do this and each church only has 1 or 2 people who are allowed to do this, who have to have a really good knowledge of the faith and a good spiritual life.in the first years of Christianity, lay people were allowed to take home the consecrated bread and it was only later when it was realised that there could be misuse that there were stricter rules about it.so that in itself is not a shocking thing.
The philosopher Eric Voegelin once noted:“We have all had occasion at one time or another to engage in debate with those for whom no appeal to facts, or events or witnesses has effect. And we have all discovered on such occasions that no agreement, or even an honest disagreement, could be reached. Rational argument could not prevail because the partner to the discussion did not accept as binding for himself the matrix of reality ... the universe of rational discourse collapses, one may say, when the common ground of existence in reality has disappeared.” We cannot withdraw from such a debate though, Voegelin continues, and just let error proceed , for error, in the real world, has consequences, often dire. We must, in Voegelin’s words, “seek to diagnose untrue existence, and to initiate, if possible, thereby, a healing process.”
Aren’t these Coptic arabic writings of our “recent” fathers our key to recovering understanding of their/ our Coptic/ Greek founding fathers?);
In order to give you a taste of the eventual reality of the idealized self-pleasing, modern “orthodox” churches that some hypothesize that the Western Coptic Church can become, I would like to share some of the soap-operatic recent episodes in life of the two modern American Orthodox “beauty queens.” The OCA and the Antiochian (blah, blah, blah) Archdiocese. The sad pathos of their remarkably similar recent struggles are objectively chronicled at http://www.ocanews.org/news.html.
The admirable editor of ocanews.org included a philosophical ode that describes the frustration of cowardly unproven challenged statements like those of Cephas.