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Abune Paulos's authority and legitimacy was questionable by the majority of Ethiopans. Here is why: Abune Merkorios is from the Amhara ethnic. In 1991 when the Tigrian reble force, i.e current government, ( from the Tigray ethnic considers itself a stanch enemy of the Amhara ethnic and vice versa ), took the power in Ethiopia and deposed Abune Merkorios under political involvement charges. Next, the new Tigrian governement places a Tigrian bishop to the throne of patriarch. The amhara (2nd largest ethnic group) inside Ethiopia protested but nothing they can do against a killing machine of the new government. Eventually, Abune Merkorios came to the U.S. and declared legitimate Patriarch and demanded to be reinstated. I the mean time after Abune Paulo's passed away a new Patriarch (belongs to the ethnic Tigray group) elected to the present.
I'm glad you verified that the Coptic Church was aware of the charges and process it followed.
The Coptic Church made a huge mistake and by aligning itself with the renewal group who are primary responsible for the fall of the Patriarch abune Antonios, successfully made things worst than it were.
I read you frequently stating the Government of Eritrea’s involvement in the church’s affair. That’s is not true what's so ever! Just so you know, There are two officially operating religions in Eritrea: Christian and Muslem.
The Christian groups: Orthodox Tewahdo, Roman Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran not sure about the seventh Day Adventist Church.
After the Government declared freedom of religion and warship, tones of heretic groups of fundamentalist descended to the country creating chaos all over. Even they disagree with the Evangelical Lutherans who was in the country for more than 100 years not to mention calling the Orthodox and Catholics idol worshipers because we believe in the intersession of the saints. The three Christian groups reported their concern of safety and the normalcy to warship because of the intervention and disruptive nature of this heretic and renewal groups. The three official religions subsequently declared the rest as outside of the Christian religion. I will not bored you with the details. Suffice to say, we are talking about a Government that is very unique and a church firmly grounded in the spirit and letter of the Holy Tradition and canon law. When the renewal church trenched in U.S. Atlanta, GA went on all out war against the EOTC and Government while Coptic Church assigned a Bishop for them one can only hope they come to their senses sooner than later.
You have implied that the Coptic Church had some as yet unmentioned motive for aligning itself with the Eritrean faction it chose, above and beyond its concerns over the canonical means by which H.H. Abune Antonios was deposed. Would you mind, please, outlining what that hidden motive (motives?) might be?