Anyone know if priests have job contracts with the church they serve?
Forgive me for raising this topic which may seem controversial, but is priest job security in the hands/mercy of higher church authorities? Is there due process if a priest is convicted of heresy/ false teaching/false advice? Who has higher authority, the church congregation or the church authorities (bishops, pope)?
I know there is separation of church and state, and the law of the church is the only one that should be applicable, so is it against the church for the priest to have a contract?
The only reason I decided to post this on a public coptic forum is because I can't find the answers in my immediate network, and I want to know because I am not certain that servants of God are protected from political powers stemming from higher religious authorities (the job of the priest seems like it isn't protected like any other profession who has a contract that protects them from wrongful termination).
Any insight from our coptic lawyers would be nice.
Thanks and forgive me.