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Ethiopia : Special secretary to Patriarch Abune Mathias reportedly removed from his position

October 31,2016

Aba Sereke Berhan  Source : ECADF
Aba Sereke Berhan
Source : ECADF

Perhaps Aba Sereqe Birhan has been one of the most controversial figure in Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo patriarchate for many years now. Recently he held the position of special secretary to Abune Mathias.

Hara Ze Tewahdo, a blog with focus on Ethiopian Orthodox Church, repored that Aba Sereqe Birhan is removed from his position with effect from today.
He is removed from the position on grounds of incompetence, insubordination and celerity. Among other things, Aba Sereqe Birhan is known among many of his detractors for corruption and parochialism. A few years ago, he was mobilizing authorities within the church to take a stand against Mahibere Kidusan – an association of pious Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahdo followers,mainly from intellectuals, that provides a range of spiritual services to the laity in addition to its rigorous development projects in a range of areas across Ethiopia.

As in any other institutions, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church came under the command like structure of the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front and became a reflection TPLF government in many regards. For example, human resource allocation on grounds of ethnicity became rife practice in the church after the church came under TPLF influence.

Patriarch Abune Mathias, albeit he was initially viewed as politically neutral person in spite of controversial process through which he became patriarch, recently became increasingly unpopular due to a passion he developed for the politics of TPLF. Some go to the extent of saying that he has become a propaganda tool for the repressive regime.

Government intervention in the affairs of Ethiopian Muslims was fiercely resisted and gave rise to a movement called Dimtsachin Yisema ( translates to “hear our voices).

Regime in power still seem to have firm grip of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

Amharic report of Hara Ze Tewahdo on Aba Sereqe is available here


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  1. Yes! Abba Sirek has no that much confidence to be the Patriach private secretary but he is stronly against Mahirber Kidusan illegal department or franchise himself and trading in the name of EOTC, MK collecting million of dollars in the name spritual asocation with out legal mandat and no structural or command of line under EOTC. MK misleading and abusing the church income for his own group artificial/ fake priest & Deacons only. MK is the blood sucker of EOTC in modren sytematic way, in addition to that divided the Arcbishop supporter of MK those whom are corrupted and non supporter those whom are not corrupted alwayes declared the illegality of MK. the patriarch unknownced officially many times MK is illegal and parasitc organisation in name of EOTC, considering like protestant the diffence is MK using the name EOTC like tried licence. When the patriarch clearly and officially unknownced the illegality, MK wrote 12 page accusation latter against the Patriach but when thousand of of youg people massacred by TPLF Woyane in Amhara and Oromia region MK did say nothing, I can asure you that MK itself is proper Woyane but pretending the same as what are they doing in EOTC. If MK is not Woyane why they are against & accused the legal Patriach and fellow arcbishops in exile those whom are fighting the right of the EOTC & the freedom of the country over 25 years tirlessly. MK was the right hand of the late Patriach abba Pawelos, abba powelos was the active supporter of TPLF worst than Abuna Matias, to be honest abuna Matas has bit of Spritual nature or feeling than Abba Pawelose the crule, when abba powelos was estabolished two theological college in Tigray MK was the active supporter financially. Mk is the snake, the source of destabilisation and the source of corruption in EOTC for the safty of his business. the unnual badget of MK at this time is 70 million, where is this money come from, it is the money from the belivers of EOTC illegaly owned by MK. On the other hand MK dismantle the negotiation process b/n Holy Synod in exile and inland. MK is Woyane dawn woyane! Dawn woyane!!! Make accusing Abba Serek because abba Serek always offically decleared the illegality and parasitc cracter of MK in the EOTC. Do not mislead my MK, investigate properly MK is Woyane!!


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