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I think there is too much bellyaching and too much bellydancing and not enough hard work. A proper deacon is not afforded/accorded the time for bellyaching and bellydancing.
I don't know if you can qualify Pope Cyril VI's papacy as the most successful era. What criteria are using? Lack of previous episcopacy?
You think Pope Cyril VI's hand in hand march with President Abdel Nasser was not political?
The autocephaly promotion of the Ethiopian Church had plenty of political pressure. I don't think politics is as barren in the papacy of Pope Cyril VI as you may assume.
This is way too eerie. You must have invaded my mind. This is part of my conclusion on the 19th century papacy of Popes Cyril IV and Cyril V which I will present in Los Angeles this summer.
Whoa. Also in my discussion on Pope Cyril IV. But obviously from 1820-1887, not 1928-1956.
The same thing happened to Pope Cyril V by the Coptic elite (not the youth) who were fired up by allegations of financial incompetence, mishandling of Church property and waqf, alleged ignorance of Coptic clergy, disregard of the poor and abuse of clerical duties. Pope Cyril was deposed and sent to live in a monastery. His image would have been tarnished but the poor laity and the clergy backed the Pope against the Coptic communal committee (maglis al mili) and the Ottoman government. The Coptic elite continued such allegations and the committee was broken 4 times all the way up to the 1920's.
Because no one sees it as a scandal, especially since there is such a huge precedence in all Apostolic Churches
RemnKemi:Even educated laity and bishops feel the monks should concern themselves with their private salvation foremost and leave shepherding the people to a special type of monk who has already proven himself as bishop.
ILSM:sunday school during the liturgy (badarak),
ILSM:Monasticism is essentially extinct in the Armenian Church because of this.
ILMS:As a comment on Pope Yusab, there is plenty of supposition and presentation from that era that he was poisoned by his own people; whether they were the youth or even the elitists. I think that the radicalism of one's own children raising their hand against their own father has major consequences; whether by marching him to the monastery or even if poisoning was carried out. The Commandment requires us to honor our fathers.
I will say: an ailing and sickly diaconate means for an ailing and sickly church.
I believe the Church needs considerable resources. When speaking of having full-time deacons, you need money. No fullness of tithes means not enough resources.