Reference: Papal Decree 10/2018
Bishop David of New York & New England is to be the Papal Exarch of the Archdiocese in New Jersey, to shepherd with full spiritual, financial and administrative authority over any Coptic orthodox church that is not under the care of any of the bishops of the established dioceses in the USA, and blessings will be on those who obey.
My two cents:
(Disclaimer: I MEAN ABSOLUTELY NO DISRESPECT TO THE WISDOM OF THE CHURCH AND FATHERS, I’m just stating an opinion)
What’s the deal with the divisive language in this decree ? “Blessings will be on those who obey”? It has a negative connotation to it. It hints that we, the flock, are under a supreme rule and divine blessings are being utilized to enforce administrative appointments. I think it would serve everyone better to be mindful of how the church communicates a simple message moving forward. I’m simply saying no one wants to feel they are under subjugation, rather the language should of expressed a flock ready to embrace their new bishop. Anyways, just an observation. No disrespect whatsoever to anyone.